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D’ANNUNZIO. Francesca da Rimini. Tragedia.

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D'ANNUNZIO, Gabriele. Francesca da Rimini. Tragedy. Milan, F.lli Treves, 1902. 4to; 235x180 mm. Publisher's cloth binding, gilt title to spine, front plate circular frieze with Dante's motto "Noi leggevamo," intact burgundy cloth ties. Papers [6], pp. 289, [3]. Title in red lettering framed by design in black, text, dedications, headpieces, ornaments and colophon in red and black, capilettera in red, 12 figures n.t. by Adolfo De Carolis in Art Nouveau style. Beautiful specimen printed on strong paper. Original edition in editorial binding run. Considered a masterpiece of early 20th-century Italian publishing, Francesca da Rimini saw the debut of De Carolis as the quintessential D'Annunzio illustrator. The genesis of the volume was marked by a close correspondence between the artist and the poet, the former residing at the time in Florence, the latter at the Capponcina di Settignano. Commonly regarded as one of D'Annunzio's masterpieces, inspired by Dante's characters Paolo, Francesca and Gianciotto, D'Annunzio himself called it a "poem of blood and lust".The book denotes an antiquarian taste oriented toward incunabula and the English "revival of printing" of the late 19th century. De Medici, 48; Guabello, 48. De Medici, 48; Guabello, 48.