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The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.

Translated by Henry Francis Cary. In Three Volumes. The Second Edition Corrected. With the Life of Dante, Additional Notes, and an Index.

Published: London: for Taylor and Hessey, 1819

Stock code: 88407

Price: £1,500

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Second and preferred edition of Cary’s greatly admired translation, an attractive set in the rare original boards. The first edition of 1814 “was printed in three sextodecimo volumes in such small type that it was almost unreadable” (ODNB). This second edition is much improved, published in octavo with larger type and numerous textual corrections, and the translation “still holds its place as a minor classic” (G. F. Cunningham, The “Divine comedy” in English: a critical bibliography, 2 vols., 1965–6).

3 volumes, octavo (224 134 mm). Original boards rebacked with the original spines laid down, printed paper labels to spines. Housed in a light brown cloth folding case. Early-20th century bookplate to each volume. Portions of the text block unopened. Boards a little rubbed and spotted, repairs to ends of toned spines, hinges starting, scattered spotting to contents. An very good copy.

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