Manuscript copy of Michelangelo Caetani's La Materia Della Divina Commedia di Dante in VI tavole
Chester: N/A, 1893. Michelangelo Caetani's original work was created in Rome in 1855. This manuscript consists of six large linen-backed colour wash and ink drawings with an additional title page, and was undertaken in 1893 by Jenkin Humphreys a surveyor at Chester. The work is bound in blue pebble grain cloth, with a manuscript label to the front board. The boards are bumped on the corners and there is some fraying to the spine ends. Stain to the manuscript label. The drawings are in at least Very Good condition. The only flaw, is that the white to the final drawing has darkened and obscured the text a little. There are Library cancel stamps from the St Deiniol's Library on the backs of the drawings. The library is better known as Gladstone's Library, "a residential library and meeting place which is dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups, who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions". This institution was founded by William Gladstone, and following his death in 1898 became the national memorial to his life and work. It is a residential library, and Britain's only Prime Ministerial library. 430 by 325mm (17 by 12¾ inches).