Ex Libris #2 – Dante’s Lyric Poetry

Dante’s lyrics – his Rime – haven’t received much attention in English. Although there is a wonderful recent treatment with overview essays and some commentary – the 2014 Dante’s Lyric Poetry: Poems of Youth and of the ‘Vita Nuova’ in the Univ. of Toronto Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library – the fullest edition remains the Foster and Boyde Dante’s Lyric Poetry first printed in 1967 and reprinted five years later. This set is now very scarce – doubly so if you don’t want ex-library copies – and almost invariably ugly in price. But I recently tripped into a bargain of a near new copy so once again I add to the lumber room.

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