Salani: Arti E. Scienze, . First edition. A Fine set. Six folio volumes, measuring 340 mm x 260 mm. Each volume made up of loose sheets of Rives paper in stiff paper-covered wrappers, housed in individual publisher’s slipcases. Originally commissioned by the Italian government, Dali painted 100 watercolor illustrations for the Italian epic. These were painstakingly transferred in color over several years using 3500 woodcuts. Volumes 2, 4 and 6 with a justification sheet, copy number 1,295, from an edition of 2,900. (There was also a signed edition of 150). Printed by Stamperia Valdonega di Verona and Raymond Jacquest.
A masterpiece of world literature, Dante’s Comedia was originally written early in the 14th century. With Virgil (then Beatrice) as a guide, Dante journeys through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, as a pilgrim seeking salvation (while noting which of his political adversaries were suffering torment in Hell). It ends in a spiritual revelation in the presence of God. On its face, an imaginative vision of the afterlife, but it is also an allegory for the soul’s struggle from sin to purity in keeping with Thomas Aquinas’ view of Christianity. A transcendent work with the full suite of Dali’s riveting images. Fine (Item #839)
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