切尔西: Ashendene Press, 1909.限量105册。
1 册, 全本。396页。
One of the `Triple Crowns` of Fine Press Books: Dante`s Works, Published by the Ashendene Press
`Tutte le opere di Dante Alighieri Fiorentino nuovamente rivedute nel testo e diligentemente emendate dal reverendo dottore Edoardo Moore, ed ora stampate per la gentile cortesia dei distinti direttori della Stamperia dell’Università di Oxford`
Fiorentino, Dante Alighieri.
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1909.A limited edition of 105 copies
1 v., complete. 40.7x28.8cm. 16, 396 p. Text in Italian.
This book is considered the rarest of the `triple crown`. According to Charles Harold St John Hornby, who founded Ashendene Press in 1895, 'this volume was by far the most ambitious effort of the Press to date and took three years to complete'.
This copy is illustrated with wood-engravings and bound in linen-backed Holland blue boards, with the title printed on a paper label to spine. There are only four copies recorded with such a binding, and this is assumed to be an unrecorded copy. It is possible that other copies of this type were not available for general sale, as one of the other known copies was part of Hornby`s own collection.
The “Triple Crown” of the fine presses come from the collection of the famous Japanese bibliographer, translator, and author Shoji Sensui (1903-1991). A non-fiction writer and bibliographical researcher, as well as honorary curator of the Mizuno Printing Museum and a former lecturer at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Shoji is widely considered to have had one of the most impressive private collections of Western fine press and rare books in Japan.