La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri Facsimile Edition

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The sublime love of Dante Alighieri

If The Comedy represents the most complicated, voluminous and famous of Dante’s works, La Vita Nuova is his more sublime poetic composition. The story of his love for Beatrice, starting from their first encounter when she is only nine years old, is described by Dante according to pure “Stilnovo” advices and offers a poetical autobiography, which documents young Dante’s adhesion to “Stilnovo” ideals and spiritual evolution.

In the past "La Vita Nuova" has inspired many writers and artists even if, in six centuries since its creation, an edition entirely decorated with full colour illustrations has been printed only once. In 1921, year of the sixth centenary of Dante Alighieri’s death, three artists worked together to create what we can consider today a real and perhaps unique miniated codex of the XXth century: La Vita Nuova illustrated with forty original watercolours by Vittorio Grassi, entirely hand written by the calligrapher Enrico Brignoli and decorated in every page by Nestore Leoni’s decorations.

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Cloth realized by Vittorio Ferrari based on Vittorio Grassi's drawings.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri": La Vita Nuova facsimile edition, published by Vallecchi, 2003

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La Vita Nuova

Florence: Vallecchi, 2003

  • Commentary (Italian) by De Robertis, Domenico
  • Limited Edition: 2999 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Facsimile reproduction of the 1921 illustrated edition. Printed on special writing paper produced by Cartiere Miliani di Fabriano, Italy. 


Blue silk with silver impressions. Facsimile edition issued in a silk-bound case.

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