J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London, 1941, Temple Classics edition. Hardback, bound in blue cloth with title, in decorative frame, in gilt on spine and an owl motif blind-stamped on the front cover; 16mo., 418 pp, including Notes on Dante's Paradise + Index to Maps, Diagrams and tables; tissue-guarded frontispiece, after Botticelli; top edge of text-block stained blue, other edges untrimmed. Book condition: VG, light shelf-wear; some age-toning to endpapers otherwise clean and bright, no inscriptions.
The Paradiso of Dante Alighieri is part of The Divine Comedy", 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.