San Francisco: Printed for Aurelia Henry Reinhardt by John Henry Nash, 1925. Limited Edition. Wraps. One of 400 copies, folio size, 11 pp. Very good +. Item #21052101
Per the John Henry Nash bibliography, "Dr. Reinhardt is an acknowledge authority on Dante and the Divine Comedy and her critiques are important contributions to Dantean literature." Dr. Aurelia Isabel Henry Reinhardt (1877-1948), a graduate of Cal and Yale, served as the President of Mills College for almost thirty years and was extremely active internationally in many issues including education and women's rights.
In the introduction she wrote for this piece her love for both Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and Dante Alighieri shines through: "Longfellow was to write during a long life devoted to literature many a poem of simple beauty to gladden the hearts of men in all lands...When in 1867, Longfellow's translation [of Dante] appeared, it was accompanied by six sonnets. They bring to you through half a century his intimate word about the loving labor of his life." Indeed, Longfellow's translation of Dante is looked upon as "one of the first complete, and in many respects still the best, English translations of 'The Divine Comedy' " (n.b., per Cynthia Haven's blog on the Stanford University website).
___DESCRIPTION: String-bound in green wrappers, wraps of heavy olive green paper with all edges uncut, edges yapped, paper label on the front of light green with olive green decorations and lettering, tile page vignette of Dante, each page with decorated borders; Bauer Bodoni type, paper Deckle d'Aigle with the watermark of the paper's name and the papermaker's device, all edges uncut, folio size (13" by 10"), unpaginated [i-iv, 1-7].
___CONDITION: Overall better than very good, the interior near fine and the wraps very good: the string binding strong and sturdy, the paper label on the front wrap clean and unrubbed, the interior mostly clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the wraps with overall edgewear including a short (approx. one half-inch) closed tear at the top on the back and also with minor spots of soiling, the interior bright and clean other than one small spot on the first (blank) leaf at the fore-edge margin which affected a much smaller area on the title page below. Even with its few faults still a better copy than usually found.
___CITATION: O'Day p. 44.
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