La Divina Commedia or The Divine Vision of Dante Alighieri In Italian and English. - Dante Alighieri, Henry F. Cary (translator), Sandro Boticelli (illustrator) 1928 - The Nonesuch Press, London - Limited edition of 1475 copies of which this is number 442. ‘Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself in a dark wood, where the right of way was lost.’ – Hell.

To run over better waters the little vessel of my genius now hoists her sails, as she leaves behind her a sea so cruel.’ – Purgatory.

In the heaven which most of His light I have been, and have seen things which he who descends from there above neither knows how nor has power to recount.’ – Paradise.

A gorgeous large limited edition of this medieval epic, combining Botticelli’s 42 sepia drawings (34 on double sheet, 8 on single sheet) with Dante’s
Divina Commedia in both Italian and English. Showing only a modicum of the usual spine fading to which this vellum is notoriously prone, and in the original matching leather trimmed and felt lined slipcase.

Reportedly based on Dante’s experiences during his banishment from Florence, this reinterpretation of Christian themes had a seminal influence on philosophy, literature, and art, inspiring Chaucer, John Milton, Salvadore Dali, and T.S. Eliot, among many others.

‘Dante and Botticelli represented the Florence of two very different generations. No Renaissance artist contemplated the verities of Christianity with a depper faith. Botticelli’s drawings are so much more than a commentary on, or a two-dimensional summation of, the
Divina Commedia. They are breathtakingly beautiful. And in realising his project, Botticelli refined his own mysticisim and thus anticipated the intense lyricism of his final years’ – Francis Russell on the 2001 Botticelli exhibition at the Royal Academy (Country Life).
  Dante Alighieri (1265-1321): Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker. He is best known for the monumental epic poem La commedia, later named La divina commedia.

Sandro Boticelli (1445-1510): One of the greatest painters of the Florentine Renaissance, his The Birth of Venus and Primavera are often said to epitomize for modern viewers the spirit of the Renaissance.

References:
Encyclopedia Britannica.

Quarto (binding size 31.7x21.5cm), pp. [8] 325 [3].
  Finely bound in publisher’s orange stained vellum, with double fillet boarder in gilt to front board, stamped in gilt to front and rear boards, spine lettered and stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. In custom orange cloth slipcase, edges trimmed in morocco, felt inner lining.   Condition: Near fine, faint evidence of fading to the spine, usually encountered far worse, toning to endpapers, scattered foxing to foredge, in fine slipcase.   Ref: 109827   Price: HK$ 19,000