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  • Pickering’s Diamond Classics
    La Divina Commedia by DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321)
    DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321)
    La Divina Commedia

    London : C. Corrall for G. Pickering 31 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1823 -22. 90 x 50mm, 2 vols, [4], 192pp & t-p. pp193-374, [4 pp. ads], publisher’s red ribbed cloth paper labels on spine “Dante Divina Commedia Vol.1 [11], 10s” uncut and unopened, a fine copy.
    One of the series usually known as Pickering’s Diamond Classics, although as indicated by the advert leaf in this copy, the publisher referred to them as “Miniature Classics”They are some of the earliest books to have publisher’s bindings of cloth.
    Bondy p.86 et seq. Spielmann 113 Porter 222

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  • The rare second issue of the famous Dantino in two - point ‘occhio di mosca’ type
    La Divina Commedia by DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321)
    DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321)
    La Divina Commedia

    Milan : Ulrico Hoepli. 1878. First Edition, second issue 50 x 35mm, 1/2-title, portrait, cancel title-page printed in red and black, 499, [1] pp, contemporary black morocco, single fillet borders on sides, “Dante Divina Commedia” on spine, turn-ins decorated with roll tools in gilt, combed marbled end papers, edges stained red, integral ribbon book mark, a fine copy.
    The second (Hoepli) issue of arguably the most famous of all miniature books printed with an unbelievably small type of 2 point commonly known, with good reason, as “occhio di mosca” (fly’s eye). It is sometimes claimed as the smallest book printed with moveable type, not because of the size of the page, but rather because of the font. This…

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    Milan : Ulrico Hoepli. 1878. First Edition, second issue 50 x 35mm, 1/2-title, portrait, cancel title-page printed in red and black, 499, [1] pp, contemporary black morocco, single fillet borders on sides, “Dante Divina Commedia” on spine, turn-ins decorated with roll tools in gilt, combed marbled end papers, edges stained red, integral ribbon book mark, a fine copy.
    The second (Hoepli) issue of arguably the most famous of all miniature books printed with an unbelievably small type of 2 point commonly known, with good reason, as “occhio di mosca” (fly’s eye). It is sometimes claimed as the smallest book printed with moveable type, not because of the size of the page, but rather because of the font. This was first cast by Giacomo Gnocchi in 1850 but was set aside, presumably because of the difficulty in using it, until his son, Giovanni Gnocchi persuaded the Salmin brothers in Padova to undertake the arduous work (at a rate of 30 pages a month). On its publication in 1878 Hoepli purchased a number of copies and issued them with a new title-page. This second issue is equally as rare as the first.
    Bondy: Miniature Books. pp94-5, Spelmann 114, Library Hub locates 2 copies only - Nat. Library Scotland, Trinity Coll. Cambs.

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  • Pickering’s Diamond Classics
    La Gerusalemme Liberata by TASSO, Torquato (1544-1595)
    TASSO, Torquato (1544-1595)
    La Gerusalemme Liberata

    London : C. Corrall for G. Pickering 31 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1822. 80x40mm, 2 vols in one, eng. port, engraved title, printed title, 405, [3] pps with the rare leaf of ads at the end, contemporary vellum, roll-tool borders of a daisy chain in gilt, spine in 4 panels with red morocco label, inscription on f.f.e-p “Agnes Moore from her affect. cousin E.C.H.[?] a good copy.
    One of the series usually known as Pickering’s Diamond Classics, although as indicated by the advert leaf in this copy, the publisher referred to them as “Miniature Classics”.
    Bondy p.86 et seq. Spielmann 473 Porter 217

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  • Pickering’s Diamond Classics
    La Gerusalemme Liberata by TASSO, Torquato (1544-1595)
    TASSO, Torquato (1544-1595)
    La Gerusalemme Liberata

    London : C. Corrall for G. Pickering 31 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1822. 80x40mm, 2 vols eng. port, engraved title, printed title, 405, [1] pps, very neatly bound in contemporary calf, blind double-fillet roll tool borders, spine in 6 compartments, lined in gilt with title, vol., and publisher in 3, brown flint endpapers, a.e.g., marker ribbons, a fine copy.
    One of the series usually known as Pickering’s Diamond Classics, although as indicated by the advert leaf in this copy, the publisher referred to them as “Miniature Classics”
    Bondy p.86 et seq. Spielmann 473 Porter 217

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  • Pickering’s Diamond Classics
    Le Rime by PETRARCA, Francesco 1304-74
    PETRARCA, Francesco 1304-74
    Le Rime

    London : C. Corrall for G. Pickering 31 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1823 -22. 85x45mm, eng. port., engraved title, title-page, dedication leaf, 237, [11] pp, uncut and partially unopened, publisher’s dark magenta cloth, worn paper label on spine, a variant of that on the other copy. [see Porter 221].
    One of the series usually known as Pickering’s Diamond Classics, although as indicated by his advertisements, the publisher referred to them as “Miniature Classics”. They are some of the earliest books to have publisher’s bindings of cloth.
    Bondy p.86 et seq. Spielmann 407 Porter 219

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  • Pickering’s Diamond Classics
    Le Rime by PETRARCA, Francesco 1304-74
    PETRARCA, Francesco 1304-74
    Le Rime

    London : C. Corrall for G. Pickering 31 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1823 -22. 85x45mm, eng. port., engraved title, title-page, dedication leaf, 237, [11] pp, uncut and partially unopened, slight foxing of engraved leaves, publisher’s dressed brown cloth, worn paper label on spine, a variant of that on the other copy. [see Porter 221]
    One of the series usually known as Pickering’s Diamond Classics, although as indicated by his advertisements, the publisher referred to them as “Miniature Classics”. They are some of the earliest books to have publisher’s bindings of cloth.
    Bondy p.86 et seq. Spielmann 407 Porter 219

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