Call Number: H Special Collections Philips Collection 13
Publication Date: 1472
The first printed edition of Dante's Divine Comedy is dated April 11, 1472 in Foligno, Italy by printer Johann Neumeister. The type was designed by the goldsmith and papal mint-master Emiliano Orfini. It was printed in Orfini’s palace by Neumeister with the assistance of his friend Evangelista Angelini of Trevi, who had introduced printing to Foligno in 1470. All three cantiche (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) appear in one volume and each is begun with a hand-illuminated initial. Rubricated letters begin each canto. The volume is bound in fine 18th-century leather with gilt tooling and is housed in a similar slipcase.