This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1870. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. THE THIRD VOLUME OF LORD VERNON'S WORK ON DANTE. THE ALBUM. Object of the Album. The part taken in it by Mr. Kirkup of Florence. The Life of Lord Vernon by the Editor. Generosity of Lord Vernon. Note of the Portinari family. The Portrait of Dante. Letter of Mr. Kirkup on the discovery of the Portrait. Description of the fresco in which it occurs. Objections to its being by Giotto answered. The mask of Dante. In referring to his third volume Lord Vernon says in his address to the reader--"I have thought it desirable to unite with the work a third volume of engravings of various subjects, which besides rendering it more ornamental, may, in many respects, be considered useful. For as they represent portraits, paintings, plans, and, above all, historical monuments, they illustrate the history of the 14lh-Cent., the biography of Dante, and the particulars of his poem". Lord Vernon also makes a graceful allusion to Rossini for having, at his expressed wish, kindly set to music the most touching part of the Episode of Francesca da Rimini. This volume bears on its title page the date of Dante's great Festival in Florence, May 15. 1865, at which Lord Vernon's presence was greatly desired, and the regret of his friends at his absence was increased by the cause of it. On this occasion he was made a Cavalier of the order of the Saints Maurice and Lazarus. In the Awertimento by the Editor, we read something more of Lord Vernon's generous intentions, and of the vicissitudes which befell the work in its progress. One motive which the noble Dantophilist had in view was to place before the reader correct representations of the places and objects to which Dante alludes, another was to render the conceptions of the Poet more vividly understood. For these purposes the C...
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