La Vita Nuova (1916)
Illustrated by Evelyn Paul
On the left, we show a rare copy of La Vita Nuova
produced by George Harrap & Co. (London) in 1916.
This copy shows the original decorative Evelyn Paul
design to the cover inspired by polychromatic
Translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, this edition
includes illustrations and exquisite decorations in the
style of Medieval illuminated manuscripts by Evelyn Paul.
To the right, we show Evelyn Paul's illumination for the introduction to La Vita Nuova. It is presented in a style reminiscent of Medieval illuminated manuscripts.
The introduction reads as follows:
La Vita Nuova - translated as The New Life in English - is one of the works composed by the great Florentine
poet known as Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). It tells the story of Dante's own unrequited love for Bice di Folco
Portinari (the Beatrice of La Vita Nuova) - a woman who captured Dante's heart while she was 9 and he was
12, died at the age of 25 and was to be, even posthumously, Dante's greatest inspiration. Although Dante,
himself, was married to Gemma di Manetto Donati in a union arranged by their respective families, Beatrice
was the love of his life - after her death, Dante withdrew into intense study and poetic composition. His other
works include: Commedia (The Divine Comedy); Convivio (The Banquet); and De volgari eloquentia (On the
Eloquence of Vernacular). Dante epitomised the Renaissance scholar - quite apart from his poetic fame, which
is such that he is known as il Sommo Poeta (the Supreme Poet) - he also held qualifications in medicine and
pharmacy and was a prominent politician who ended his life in exile from his native Florence.
This version of La Vita Nuova is based on a translation provided by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). Rossetti,
like his poetic namesake, was an individual of many talents, being a poet, illustrator, painter and translator.
Such talents supported his intuitive artistic interests that contributed to him becoming among the central artists
associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
Our Greeting Cards and Reproduction Prints
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When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-in plates - in homage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century.
Hand-finishing is used to replicate the visual appearance of a tipped-in plate and the images are presented on
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In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Evelyn Paul.
The colour illustrations