La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri col comento del P. Baldassare Lombardi M.C. Ora nuovamente arrichito di molte illustrazioni edite ed inedite
Octavo (9â€ x 5 7/8â€, 258mm x 149mm).Vol. I: Ï€4 _8 __2 ___4 1-468 472 47_4 [$1] . 392 leaves, pp. i-ix x-xxxiv, , 1 2-747
by Dante Alighieri (ed. Baldassare Lombardi)
Padua: Tipographia della Minerva, 1822. Octavo (9” x 5 7/8”, 258mm x 149mm).Vol. I: π4 _8 __2 ___4 1-468 472 47_4 [$1] . 392 leaves, pp. i-ix x-xxxiv, , 1 2-747,  [= xxxvi, 748]. Engraved plate. Vol. II: π2 1-508 [$1]. 402 leaves, pp. , 1 2-799, . Engraved plate. Vol. III: π2 1- 538 [$1]. 426 leaves, pp. , 1 2-845, , blank. Engraved plate. Vol: IV: Il Rimario della Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri L’Indice delle Voce del Poema citate dalla crusca e quello de’ nomi proprj e delle cose notabili. π4 1-278 [$1]. 220 leaves, pp. , 1-2 3-430, . Vol. V: La Biografia di Dante Alighieri varie illustrazioni della Divina Commedia ed il catalogo delle edizioni. π2 __4 18 2-368 [$1]. 294 leaves, pp. i-v vi-xii, 1-3 4-574, . Engraved plate. Hardcover. Near fine. Baldassare Lombardi Five volumes Bound in contemporary full vellum with double gilt fillet border around gilt roll of palmettes and sheaves of wheat (?). On the spine, elaborate gilt rolls head-to-tail. Title gilt on red, number gilt on black. Stab-binding. Fore and lower edges untrimmed. Some wear to lower fore-corners. Boards bowing a little, else fine. Vellum and gilt bright, text clean and essentially without foxing. A remarkably beautiful set. On the first free end-paper of each volume, a gift inscription reading: “Margaret Lindsay/ from her affectionate/ Grandmama—/ Rome 31st December/ 1838 —”. In vol. III there are pressed flowers at 102-103, 263-264. In 1791, Lombardi published, after some twenty years of preparation, the first complete Roman edition of the Commedia, which was received extremely well (and remains one of the most highly-regarded editions in Italy). This edition contains in addition the Rimario (vol. IV), an extraordinary index of rhymed line-endings listed alphabetically, and a series of biographical essays on Dante and other material (including the Visione di Alberico), as well as catalogue of editions of the Commedia. It is an exceptionally useful set, with extensive and various notes; the only shame is that it’s so very beautiful. Brunet calls it a “bonne édition.” Margaret Lindsay, born 31 December 1824, received this set from her maternal grandmother, Lady Trotter (Margaret (née Gordon), wife of Sir Coutts Trotter, 1st Bt.); her paternal grandmother (the Hon. Mrs. Robert Lindsay (Elizabeth, née Dick)) had died in 1835. In 1846 Lindsay married Alexander Lindsay, who would in 1869 become the 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of Balcarres. The Earldom of Crawford is among the oldest in the United Kingdom. The 25th Earl and his son together built up the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, which at the turn of the twentieth century was one of the foremost private libraries in Europe. The present item does not bear a bookplate of the Lindesiana, perhaps because it remained in the personal collection of the countess. Brunet II.507. Antiquarian
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