Batelli e Fanfani, 1822, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
[JOHN FLAXMAN]. Atlante Dantesco, Milan: Batelli e Fanfani, 1822. Oblong folio, pp. 16, 120 plates plus frontispiece, modern gilt-stamped polished red calf covers, preserving the original blue paper wrapper, untrimmed edges. The cover date is 1822, although the title page says 1823. Presents the English illustrator and sculptor John Flaxman's version of the Divine Comedy, with captions in Italian and French. The introduction, by Antonio F. Stella, is entirely in Italian, as are the plate specifications. Flaxman was an associate of William Blake. His "choice of great classics for the subjects of his illustrations and his spare but elegant style -- chiefly inspired, it would seem, by Greek vase painting -- made an irresistible appeal to the taste of the age. ... Circumstances dictated that his drawings for Homer, Dante, and Aeschylus should first be engraved by Thomas Piroli in Rome [Gordon Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, p. 21]. Condition of this book: Original cover stained, chipped, as is title page. Internal foxing but nothing unusual. Size: Large Folio (bigger than A3). Text is in multiple languages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Italy; 19th century; Art & Design. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54189.