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Dante's Inferno - new DLE

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1daiquiz
Oct 16, 2015, 2:43am Top

Well folks, we may not be able to get the Divine Comedy DLE so many of us seem to want but this looks a very interesting new version of the Inferno http://www.eastonpress.com/prod/51B/Dante-Alighieri-s-THE-INFERNO_3061 at 4 x $89.

Thankfuly at 11x9 inches, a good sized book and it certainly looks very striking. 1,200 copies, so not terribly limited but based on EPs pictures, very much one of their most striking looking volumes. I like that it is signed by the artist comissioned to produce the illustrations too and think this has to go on my Christmas list.

2astropi
Oct 16, 2015, 10:57am Top

I saw that. I'd love to know about the translation in this case. Absolutely stunning cover for sure!

3HugoDumas
Oct 16, 2015, 11:06am Top

>1 daiquiz: so about the same price as the original Dore version but only 1/3 of the work.

4daiquiz
Oct 16, 2015, 1:01pm Top

True indeed prices are not what they were for the early DLEs and rather doubt we will see similar at those prices again. I still want this one though.

5astropi
Oct 16, 2015, 1:08pm Top

Agreed. It's unfair to compare prices with sold out DLEs that came out years ago. You're just not going to see those prices again. However, you have the opportunity to get a beautifully illustrated Inferno that is SIGNED by the artist! If this sells well, I wonder if they will also release a signed and illustrated Purgatorio and Paradiso?

6astropi
Oct 16, 2015, 1:10pm Top

By the way, is it just me or do the illustrations have a Blake-like beauty about them?

7asburytr
Oct 16, 2015, 6:43pm Top

Not to knock the facsimile DLEs (some of which are very beautiful) but I'm always pleased to see EP come out with their own stuff, so to speak.

8hamletscamaro
Oct 16, 2015, 8:10pm Top

Looks like EP has been listening g to people has been contrasting them to Folio Society and their new books with original artwirk. I guess since we can't have Dante or Dore sign our books, a new artist will work.

9HugoDumas
Oct 26, 2015, 3:43pm Top

Assuming EP publishes the trilogy, it will cost probably $1,200. I think a better deal is to negotiate for the spectacular Folio Society Divine Comedy on eBay. He is taking offers with buy it now at $1500.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DANTES-DIVINE-COMEDY-3-VOL-SET-INFERNO-PURGATORIO-PARADI...

10astropi
Edited: Oct 26, 2015, 5:43pm Top

9: Nope. I would much prefer the SIGNED and limited Easton Press edition with original illustrations.

11jroger1
Edited: Oct 26, 2015, 6:09pm Top

This is one of those disagreements that have no resolution. If signatures and limitations are important to you, then you will choose EP. If not, then FS may well have the better product. Me - I'll stick with the earlier Dore edition. Don't need two!

12HugoDumas
Oct 26, 2015, 6:26pm Top

>11 jroger1: yes I will stick with my Dore (the cheaper version), though would love that lovely 3 volume FS edition.

13jroger1
Oct 26, 2015, 6:59pm Top

Actually, I do have another edition - the Melville Anderson translation with the Blake illustrations from the "100 Greatest" series. It is really very nice, although Blake is a better poet than illustrator in my judgement.

14astropi
Oct 26, 2015, 7:30pm Top

Not sure what you mean by "better" product? Regardless, there are lots of things that go into a good book, and in the case of Inferno I think translation is important too. Also, I have to disagree with you about Blake :P
I actually think he's a better illustrator than poet. His watercolors are astounding! To appreciate them, you really need to see them the way they were meant to be seen. Basically, get the Folio Society limited edition of the poems of Thomas Gray illustrated by Blake. I assure you, it's not Gray's poetry which is the selling point!

http://www.foliosociety.com/book/THG/poems-of-thomas-gray

Also, like many FS LEs, the price is way up there! However, if you're lucky you might be able to find a copy on ebay for about 1/2 that price (well, at least you could about a year or two ago)!

15jroger1
Oct 26, 2015, 10:59pm Top

Folio's description of the Thomas Gray book refers to Blake's illustrations as "idiosyncratic," and I would certainly agree with that. Anyway, is there any artist of note who has not illustrated Dante? We have a lot of excellent editions to choose from.

16astropi
Oct 27, 2015, 11:51am Top

Indeed, when you've been around for hundreds of years, you lend yourself to illustrations! One great artist whose Inferno work is rarely seen is Sandro Botticelli. Yup, as in "The Birth of Venus".

http://www.worldofdante.org/gallery_botticelli.html

I think it would be awesome to see a limited edition with his illustrations.

18hamletscamaro
Nov 23, 2015, 11:06pm Top

These are great! I can't wait to buy the kits for my kids for Christmas!

19astropi
Nov 24, 2015, 12:22am Top

18: yeah, I heard they're not quite as popular as the Lego "The 120 Days of Sodom" sets.

20iluvbeckett
Nov 24, 2015, 9:01pm Top

>19 astropi:: OUCH!!

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