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SOLD - tiny vintage books Little Leather Library, Dante's Inferno, 1920s Redcroft rare 2nd edition "Deluxe Green Bronze Tinted Leatherette"

SOLD - tiny vintage books Little Leather Library, Dante's Inferno, 1920s Redcroft rare 2nd edition "Deluxe Green Bronze Tinted Leatherette"

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There is no other book like this one.

You may only know Dante's Inferno as just that, "Dante's Inferno" by Dan Brown, popular author who is not yet dead, like the original Dante Alighieri who inspired the work. This Inferno is just that: Inferno, and the author Dante Alighieri wrote it as a part of his epic Divine Comedy, following Purgatorio and Paradiso. What is arguably Dante's most famous work, Inferno tells autobiographical but fiction story of Dante himself venturing down through the gates of Hell into the depths, through what he imagines are nine separate circles or levels that proceed to the final, deepest, darkest circle of Hell: Treachery. Though this Hell is Dante's own creation and depiction of what the place represents and is to him (there are maps online if you feel confused and want to look it up) they are similar to the 7 Deadly Sins of the Bible.

They are as follows:

1) Limbo
2) Lust
3) Gluttony
4) Greed
5) Anger
6) Heresy
7) Violence
8) Fraud
and finally 9) Treachery

In each circle Dante is shown the tests and punishments of the sinners for their different types of sins. They are sometimes involved in the general setting and what is going on, and sometimes they are only onlookers who do not talk to the condemned souls, but there is much craziness and a tone of adventure to Dante's journey regardless of his soul being free and unblemished, and his venture as only a visitor of sorts, an explorer. I won't get too into it, but in short Limbo is an inferior form of heaven for unbaptised and what I would call "lazy Christians" in Dante's opinion; Lust is punished by being eternally blown about by strong winds (I know the picture is kind of funny but the way he describes it is definitely reminiscent of a kind of Hell); Gluttony is a level of disgusting slush, whereas Greed is a level of constant "jousting" between two different types of gluttons, including some Cardinals and Bishops Dante and Virgil observe; Anger is punished by battles at sea; Heresy is punished by a more general Hellish vision of constant burning in fiery tombs; Violence is a level of such creativity and variety I won't try to explain it here, except to say murderers and suicides are housed here; Fraud is made up of many ditches of different types of fraudelent people trapped there forever; and Treachery I will leave to the imagination, and you can read the book to find it out.

The text is so packed with meaning and literary greatness that it continues to be one of the most well-known and studied texts of this and any century, which you will find as an English major in college if that is what you are inclined to be (I was, I should know haha). You should, however, regardless of anything, simply read the text yourself in these two small volumes that are, I have to say it, cute (but maybe that's just me); with their bronze gleam not dulled yet over time and their intricately carved flower border, they are for many reasons certainly special editions of such a constantly reproduced and seriously studied work: you shouldn't read just any copy. This two volume set is so far the best I've come across, and without illustrations you are more inclined to imagine what you are reading in your own head--and we all know, sometimes the imagination is better, or far worse, than what you could see in a drawing.

Dante's Inferno is not just a Dan Brown book, and you'd be remiss to think it was. Everyone should read this seminal, world-renown book, and this copy is waiting here for you, small as it is, squished so tiny and thin between other bigger books in my library that they are calling out to be discovered and rescued.

Rescue them!

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Inferno
-Author: Dante Alighieri
-Format: 2 volume leather set, green with bronze metallic tinted covers, title in Little Leather Library, Redcroft Edition Version 2 (101 books) known as "Deluxe Green Bronze Tinted Leatherette" with floral design border engraved on front and publisher's stamp on back
-Condition: Nearly mint! There is one small rip on title page of volume 1, which has been fixed with bookbinder's thin wax preservation tape
-Publisher: Little Leather Library Corporation NY
-Copyright:
-Date published: 1920--1924 (unknown)
-Provenance: These books I actually found online, having known about their rarity especially finding two of the same kind together, so I scooped them up as quick as I could. There are many titles in the Little Leather Library sets and many different versions of those sets in different colors from different years in different materials, but the "deluxe" version here is the most precious, so I was really lucky to find them :) They are even better than I imagined.
-Pricing: I priced these according to what I was able to find once I looked beyond the words "little leather library" because that encompassed so many different editions and works and was difficult to narrow down to the items I actually have. After much research it seems, however, that these two volumes are of the one of the rarest kinds of Redcroft Edition, the "deluxe" second version, and with their ageless bronze tint and beauty, their near mint condition, their rare engraving of a flower border that sets them apart from the others, and the fact they are two volumes together of the same kind, not mis-matched as they are everywhere else online or sold separately of different makes, this makes them worth well above what they would be otherwise. I know elsewhere volume one alone of this highly collectible set is selling for 61.50, for instance, without its pair.
There is no other book like this one.

You may only know Dante's Inferno as just that, "Dante's Inferno" by Dan Brown, popular author who is not yet dead, like the original Dante Alighieri who inspired the work. This Inferno is just that: Inferno, and the author Dante Alighieri wrote it as a part of his epic Divine Comedy, following Purgatorio and Paradiso. What is arguably Dante's most famous work, Inferno tells autobiographical but fiction story of Dante himself venturing down through the gates of Hell into the depths, through what he imagines are nine separate circles or levels that proceed to the final, deepest, darkest circle of Hell: Treachery. Though this Hell is Dante's own creation and depiction of what the place represents and is to him (there are maps online if you feel confused and want to look it up) they are similar to the 7 Deadly Sins of the Bible.

They are as follows:

1) Limbo
2) Lust
3) Gluttony
4) Greed
5) Anger
6) Heresy
7) Violence
8) Fraud
and finally 9) Treachery

In each circle Dante is shown the tests and punishments of the sinners for their different types of sins. They are sometimes involved in the general setting and what is going on, and sometimes they are only onlookers who do not talk to the condemned souls, but there is much craziness and a tone of adventure to Dante's journey regardless of his soul being free and unblemished, and his venture as only a visitor of sorts, an explorer. I won't get too into it, but in short Limbo is an inferior form of heaven for unbaptised and what I would call "lazy Christians" in Dante's opinion; Lust is punished by being eternally blown about by strong winds (I know the picture is kind of funny but the way he describes it is definitely reminiscent of a kind of Hell); Gluttony is a level of disgusting slush, whereas Greed is a level of constant "jousting" between two different types of gluttons, including some Cardinals and Bishops Dante and Virgil observe; Anger is punished by battles at sea; Heresy is punished by a more general Hellish vision of constant burning in fiery tombs; Violence is a level of such creativity and variety I won't try to explain it here, except to say murderers and suicides are housed here; Fraud is made up of many ditches of different types of fraudelent people trapped there forever; and Treachery I will leave to the imagination, and you can read the book to find it out.

The text is so packed with meaning and literary greatness that it continues to be one of the most well-known and studied texts of this and any century, which you will find as an English major in college if that is what you are inclined to be (I was, I should know haha). You should, however, regardless of anything, simply read the text yourself in these two small volumes that are, I have to say it, cute (but maybe that's just me); with their bronze gleam not dulled yet over time and their intricately carved flower border, they are for many reasons certainly special editions of such a constantly reproduced and seriously studied work: you shouldn't read just any copy. This two volume set is so far the best I've come across, and without illustrations you are more inclined to imagine what you are reading in your own head--and we all know, sometimes the imagination is better, or far worse, than what you could see in a drawing.

Dante's Inferno is not just a Dan Brown book, and you'd be remiss to think it was. Everyone should read this seminal, world-renown book, and this copy is waiting here for you, small as it is, squished so tiny and thin between other bigger books in my library that they are calling out to be discovered and rescued.

Rescue them!

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Inferno
-Author: Dante Alighieri
-Format: 2 volume leather set, green with bronze metallic tinted covers, title in Little Leather Library, Redcroft Edition Version 2 (101 books) known as "Deluxe Green Bronze Tinted Leatherette" with floral design border engraved on front and publisher's stamp on back
-Condition: Nearly mint! There is one small rip on title page of volume 1, which has been fixed with bookbinder's thin wax preservation tape
-Publisher: Little Leather Library Corporation NY
-Copyright:
-Date published: 1920--1924 (unknown)
-Provenance: These books I actually found online, having known about their rarity especially finding two of the same kind together, so I scooped them up as quick as I could. There are many titles in the Little Leather Library sets and many different versions of those sets in different colors from different years in different materials, but the "deluxe" version here is the most precious, so I was really lucky to find them :) They are even better than I imagined.
-Pricing: I priced these according to what I was able to find once I looked beyond the words "little leather library" because that encompassed so many different editions and works and was difficult to narrow down to the items I actually have. After much research it seems, however, that these two volumes are of the one of the rarest kinds of Redcroft Edition, the "deluxe" second version, and with their ageless bronze tint and beauty, their near mint condition, their rare engraving of a flower border that sets them apart from the others, and the fact they are two volumes together of the same kind, not mis-matched as they are everywhere else online or sold separately of different makes, this makes them worth well above what they would be otherwise. I know elsewhere volume one alone of this highly collectible set is selling for 61.50, for instance, without its pair.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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