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This editon is illustrated with 95 woodcuts, here mostly coloured – first used in Marcolini’s 1544 edition of Vellutella’s version and described by Mortimer as “an extension of the commentary” – plus a title portrait of Dante.

In contemporary mottled calf, this Fort Augustus copy sold at £2800.

Christie’s South Kensington, London,
February 16
Buyer’s premium: 17.5/10 per cent