Lot 5: Dante's Divine Comedy by G. Gnocchi
18th August 2016
Author: Alighieri, Dante; Title: La Divina Commedia; Place Published: Milan; Publisher: G. Gnocchi; Date Published: 1878; Description: 500 pp. Portrait frontispiece. 55x40 mm. Full brown morocco, decoratively paneled in gilt, red morocco oval lozenge at centers, spine gilt, red morocco label, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt.One of the most renowned of miniature books. Spielmann thought the type (known as "flies' eyes" and measuring about two-point) was "the smallest ever employed." The Grolier Club's "Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures" reports that working with this miniscule type, "is said to have injured the eyesight of both the compositor and corrector. It took one month to print 30 pages, and new types were necessary for every new form." Spielmann 114; Bondy p.95. Fine.
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