Divine comedy / translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Accession number: 
PML 3070-75
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321.
Boston : Fields, Osgood & Co., 1869.
3 v. in 6 : ill. ; 34 cm
Purchased with the Irwin collection, 1900.

1 of 3 copies printed on India paper. 2 destroyed by Chicago fire, 1878. This copy printed for E.G. Asay.
Extra-illustrated by portraits, woodcuts and engravings including 87 plates from the Venutelli Dante of 1544; 95 plates by Macchiavelli, 1805-06; 70 by Ademollo; a set by Flaxman; lithographs after Doré and others.
Laid in Vol 1: manuscript invoice for binding.
Printed on one side of leaf only.
The seven engraved plates by William Bake (PML 3070.1) have been removed to a case with PML 950 in the Blake collection.
Tipped into Vol. 1: an A.L.S. from Longfellow to the publisher dated Feb. 19, 1870, promising new manuscript page for each of the three copies rather than leaves from his manuscript of this translation. The leaf, bound following the letter is for a section from Inferno III.22, dated in his hand, Feb. 20, 1870.

Maroon morocco gilt, by F. Bedford.
From the collections of E.G. Asay, Theodore Irwin, and Pierpont Morgan.