Dante Alighieri. La Divina Commedia [with commentary by Christophoro Landino]. Florence: Nicholo di Lorenzo, August 30, 1481. Copperplate engravings after designs by Botticelli.
First illustrated edition of "The Divine Comedy" and one of the earliest books to contain copperplate engravings. Botticelli made 19 of the 20 designs. A second design for plate 3 is ascribed by some authorities to another artist.
Most copies of the book were issued with only the first two plates which were printed in the text as planned. The remaining plates were printed on separate slips and pasted in the book.
The LMU copy has the usual first two plates printed in the text and two of the other original plates pasted in, number 15 (second state with the plate number) and number 19 (first state without the plate number). The remaining plates are facsimile reproductions. Because of the unusually large size of this copy, it is one of the few with the first plate intact; many copies having the lower part of the plate cut away in trimming the edges of the book.
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