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FLAXMAN, John (1755--1826)
Compositions by John Flaxman, sculptor, R.A. from the divine poem of Dante Alighieri, containing Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. With quotations from the Italian, and translations from the version of the Reverend H. Boyd, to each plate.
London: published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1807.
[2] engr. t.-pl., 38, 38, [1], 33 pl. ; 27.2 x 34.6 cm. (obl. 4º)

Henry Boyd's translation of Dante when first published in 1785 was dedicated to Frederick Hervey, Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry, Soane's early patron. The plates are described on the second engraved title-plate as 'Engraved by Thomas Piroli, from the Drawings in Possession of Thomas Hope Esqr. 1793', with the imprint reading 'London, Printed for Longman, Hurst, Reese, & Orme, ... R. H. Evans, ... W. Miller, ... & I. & A. Arch, ... May 1, 1807'. Flaxman's illustrations were commissioned by Thomas Hope and produced in Rome between 1792 and 1793, circulated privately until the publication of Piroli's unauthorised edition in 1802. See David Bindman (ed.), John Flaxman 1755--1826: master of the purest line, exh. cat., Soane Museum (London 2003), no. 45.

Binding Contemporary C19th limp brown paper covers, clumsily repaired in early C20.

Reference Number 2270


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