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La divina commedia.

Illustrata di note da varj comentatori scelte ed abbreviate da Romualdo Zotti; [together with:] Canzoni e Sonetti, per la prima volta di note illustrati con una dissertazione sulla Divina Commedia scritta da Mr. Merian, dell' Accademic di Berlino.

London, Dai torchj di R. Zotti, 1808-9 Stock Code: 124978

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First Zotti edition. Romualdo Zotti (d. c.1819) was an Italian expatriate who acted as a teacher of Italian for young noble women as well as being a printer, producing highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar as well as editions of Italian poets such as Petrarch. Zotti's focus upon the education of the English upper classes is indicated by the dedications of the three volumes of his edition of the Divine Comedy. Each is dedicated to a different aristocratic woman; the first being to the Countess Lonsdale, the second to the Countess of Dartmouth, and the third to a Mrs Pilkington. In his preface in vol. 1, he likewise "emphasises his aim of giving clear linguistic guidance and 'very concise' (brevissima) historical and mythological information" (Havely, p. 138). The second edition, published 1819-20, consists of three volumes and does not include the Canzoni or Sonetti.

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4 volumes, duodecimo in half sheets (161 x 105 mm). Contemporary light green vellum with yapp edges, compartments to spines in gilt, red morocco labels, double rule in blind to covers, marbled endpapers and edges, pink silk page markers.


Engraved frontispiece portrait of Dante in vol. 1.


Boards slightly bowed and a little soiled, small abrasion to head of rear yapp edge of vol. 4, top edges dust toned, occasional pale foxing, short closed tear to fore edge of leaf z2 of vol. 1. A very good, fresh set in a lovely, bright binding.


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