Trattatello in Laude di Dante.
Verona: Officina Bodoni, 1955. Octavo. Bound in original full red morocco, with five raised bands, gilt stamped Officina Bodoni press mark to the upper cover, spine lettered in gilt, sewn endbands, cover border, edges, and turn-ins rolled in blind, top-edge gilt, others uncut; housed in publisher’s decorated paper covered slipcase. [viii], 125, [ii + colophon] pp. Spine slightly sunned, occasional foxing limited mostly to the front and rear blanks, else a Very Good copy. Printed in Dante type by Giovanni Mardersteig, with initials in red and blue throughout. Two heliogravure plates, comprising a hitherto unpublished portrait of Dante used as the frontispiece, and a fold-out reproduction of a leaf from Boccaccio’s manuscript, which is held in the Biblioteca Capitolare di Toledo. One of 140 copies, of which this is number 28 of 125 on watermarked Rives paper. From the library of typographer and printing historian John Lewis (1912-1996). Lewis’ bookplate (‘Ex Libris | John Lewis | FSIA’) is neatly affixed to the front paste-down, and a second is affixed to the verso of the front free endpaper (evidently Lewis did not wish for any confusion about ownership to arise). Item #64