Dante Con L'Espositione Di M. Bernardino Daniello Da Lucca. By Bernardino Daniello, edited by Pietro da Fino, (Venice: Pietro da Fino, 1568), posthumous edition, 727 pages, 7 engravings, brown morocco with marbled boards with gilt decorations and lettering on the spine, 12mo (6" x 7.75"). Daniello was the last Dante commentator of the 16th century; he was born in Lucca around 1500 and died in Padua in 1565. This edition appeared posthumously from da Fino, an obscure editor who only published approximately ten editions, including this one edition of Dante. His device appears on the title page and in a larger more elaborate version on the last page; the device is a rooster standing atop a globe and a book topped by the Latin phrase "Tota nocte excubo", (I keep watch throughout the night). Daniello came from the Trifone Gabriele school, who no doubt influenced his take on Dante's work. One of Daniello's comments about Dante directly reflects the school of thought at this time, "Our divine poet Dante, a greater and more perfect philosopher than poet." The idea that poetry was a larger vessel for philosophical thought than the treatise, prevailed in this type of school. Daniello is known for his use of obscure language and archaic and foreign word choices. Many critics claim that Daniello's work was already obsolete by the time it was written and published since the new focus on literature was a return to the ideas of heroes and tragedy. A revived interest in Homer's hexameters and Aristotelian teleology and politics prompted Dante to be viewed in a more iconoclastic light. Many commentators from this part of the 16th century tend to mistake prolixity for content. The book itself, however, is a wonderful printing and features several handsome engravings of the three areas presented in the Divine Comedy.
    The book is in very good condition; all pages intact, all leaves present; spine is slightly broken, pieces still with book; front cover separated from spine; corners bumped.

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