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THE

LETTERS OF DANTE BY THE SAME AUTHOR

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DANTIS ALAGHERII

EPISTOLAE

THE

LETTERS OF DANTE

Emended Text

With Introduction, Translation, Notes, and Indices

and Appendix on the Cursus

By

PAGET TOYNBEE, M.A., D.Litt.

CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE REALE ACCADEMIA DELLA CRUSCA

OF THE REALE ISTITUTO LOMBARDO DI SCIENZE E LETTERE

AND OF THE REALE ACCADEMIA DI LUCCA

FELLOW OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY

• Dietro alle poste delle care piante.'

Inf. xxiii. 148.

OXFORD

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
LONDON EDINBURGH GLASGOW NEW YORK
TORONTO MELBOURNE CAPE TOWN BOMBAY

HUMPHREY MILFORD

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PREFACE

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The present edition of The Letters of Dante is offered to students, as the outcome of my labours on the subject during the past six or seven years, pending the publication of the official' critical edition projected by the Società Dantesca Italiana, as part of the complete critical edition of Dante's works promised (in the days before the war) for the sixth centenary (September, 1921) of the poet's death.

The text of the Epistolae as here presented, except in the case of Epist. x (the letter to Can Grande), is based upon my own collations of all the known MSS. (by means of photographic reproductions or of facsimiles), and of the printed editions. The results of these collations, together with diplomatic transcripts of the MS. texts, lists of proposed emendations in the texts as printed in the Oxford Dante, and texts of the Epistolae as provisionally emended, have been printed in a series of articles published in the Modern Language Review between the years 1912 and 1919. Most of these articles have had the great advan

See introductory note to this letter, p. 160. ? The following is a list of these articles in the Modern Language Review: 1. "The Vatican Text (Cod. Vat.-Palat. Lat. 1729) of the Letters of Dante' (vol. vii, pp. 1-39. Jan. 1912). 2. • The San Pantaleo Text of Dante's Letters to the Emperor Henry VII, and

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