New York: The Illustrated Modern Library, 1944. Grosz, George. Hard Cover. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #2325169
Variant of Toledano 208.1. Lacks publisher's slipcase and acetate jacket. Boards lightly toned, fore edge corners slightly exposed.
xix, 625 pp. 8vo. Black cloth spine, gilt titles, illustrated paper over boards. Carlyle-Wicksteed translation of Dante's complete Divine Comedy, with introduction by C.H. Grandgent, and illustrations by George Grosz produced specially for this edition. The classic narrative of Dante's journey through the depths of hell, purgatory, and paradise, with Virgil as his guide. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: "Dante Alighieri (May/June c.1265 – September 14, 1321), commonly known as Dante, was an Italian poet of the Middle Ages. He was born in Florence; he died and is buried in Ravenna. The name Dante is, according to the words of Jacopo Alighieri, a hypocorism for Durante. In contemporary documents it is followed by the patronymic Alagherii or de Alagheriis; it was Boccaccio who popularized the form Alighieri. His Divine Comedy, originally called Commedia by the author and later nicknamed Divina by Boccaccio, is often considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. In Italy he is known as "the Supreme Poet" (il Sommo Poeta) or just il Poeta. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also known as "the three fountains" or "the three crowns". Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language".