Reverend Henry Francis Cary: The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory and Paradise of Dante Alighieri, (London: John Taylor, 1813), third edition, small 8vo, three volumes: Volume I, 3ff., half title, title, i-li, 280 pages; Volume II, 3ff., half title, title, v-xi, 286 pages; Volume III, half title, title, 271 pages, 24-page index of proper names, full polished calf binding by Sotheran's with gilt decorative stamping, banded leather spines, marbled endpapers. Translated by The Reverend Henry Francis Cary, A.M., with the Life of Dante, Notes and an Index.

    Cary's avoidance of the corrupt poetical tastes of the day and his refusal to imitate Milton's style consigned his translations to oblivion. However, a chance meeting with Samuel Taylor Coleridge on the beach at Littlehampton led rapidly to celebrity. This edition comes with copious notes and a very useful index.

    The volumes are in very good condition, with minimal wear to the boards and edges, and light foxing to the endpapers of each volume. Five out of six leather spine labels are missing from the spine. Previous owner's gift inscription of "Cynthia from Dad Xmas/18" on verso of front free endpaper of each volume. This is a lovely set of Reverend Cary's classic study of Dante. From the Betty Bennett Collection.

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