"The Divine Comedy" is a long narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered the pre-eminent work of Italian literature, and one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife represents the 14th century/medieval world-view, and describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory to Paradise. At a deeper level, it represents, allegorically, the soul's journey towards God. The work helped establish the Tuscan language, in which it is written, as the standard language of Italy.
Durante degli Alighieri (Dante) (c. 1265 – 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature, and has been described as the greatest poem of the Middle Ages. Dante has been called "the Father of the Italian language" and one of the greatest poets of world literature. In Italy, he is often referred to as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") and il Poeta; he, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also called "the three fountains" or "the three crowns".
Our set of three volumes is in good condition for its 100+ years, each bound in olive-green leather with thin line impressed border to front & back, a gitl emblem of an owl on the front, and titles, etc in decorated panel on the spine. The exteriors show general signs of wear consistent with age and use, mainly at top & bottom of the spines ('Paradiso' being slightly worse than the other two volumes), and the spines are a little browned, but otherwise the bindings are firm with no loose pages, and all three volumes retain their red silk page markers. Gilding on the tops is somewhat faded but still discernible. There is no foxing. The original dust jacket for 'Purgatorio' is also present. All pages are clean and bright.