• DANTE ALIGHIERI, LA COMMEDIA. Foligno: Johann Neumeister & Evangelista, 15 April 1472

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Curatorial Note:
  • Somewhat improbably, the Foligno press produced the first edition of a masterwork of world literature, the Divine Comedy, one of three editions of that year (the other two from Venice and Mantua), each set from a different manuscript. Neumeister refers in the colophon to his subordinate, “Evangelista meo,” who can be identified as a Foligno notary, Evangelista Angelini. Their printing enterprise ended with the Dante, and Neumeister departed in debt to his original patron Emiliano Orfini, who had him imprisoned in Rome. Neumeister then disappears from historical record until 1479, when he printed in Mainz, moving on to Albi in Languedoc in 1481, and to Lyons in 1488, where he died a pauper.
Bookseller:
  • Rosenbach Company
Author:
  • Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
Provenance:
  • WHS copy has provenance: Earl of Sunderland, W. H. Crawford, Fairfax Murray, Castlecraig Library.
  • WHS copy acquired 6/26/35 from Rosenbach.
Former owner:
  • Sunderland, Charles Spencer, Earl of, 1674-1722
  • Crawford, William Horatio, 1815?-1888
  • Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919
  • Castlecraig Library
Creator:
  • Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
Language:
  • Italian
Call number:
  • 40.2
Extent:
  • 252 leaves ; 28.3 x 20 cm.
Format:
  • Book
Publisher:
  • [Foligno, Italy] : Johann Neumeister, 1472.
Title sort:
  • divina commedia.
References:
  • Stillwell D16.
  • Goff D-22.
Printer:
  • Neumeister, Johann, fl. 1470-1495
Created:
  • 1472-01-01T00:00:00Z
Date:
  • 1472
Identifier:
  • ark:/88435/9s161b505
Location:
  • WHS 40.2
Edm rights:
  • No Known Copyright
Range label:
  • Logical
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