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The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri Paul Gustave Dore

Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso -- the three fates of the deceased become the three pillars of an epic poem. The Divine Comedy, written by Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the fourteenth century, is considered the foremost work in Italian literature. The journey begins with Dante's descent into the depths of Hell where he witnesses those eternally separated from God. Then he climbs the mountain of Purgatory where Christian souls undergo final purification, before finally touring the celestial circles of Heaven where he is filled with the image of God. An allegorical work, the comedy is representative of the soul's journey towards God.Influential for seven centuries, this classic is a must have for lovers of great literature, and the luxurious leather-bound edition from Canterbury Classics will make a stunning addition to any library.

The Holy Bible

by Paul Gustave Dore Richard Rothschild

The editors of Canterbury Classics have chosen to print the King James version of the Holy Bible, which contains both the Old and New Testaments. The Holy Bible was first copied by scribes and, because of its length and the time it took to hand write each book, only the elite had a copy. It wasn't until the 1440s when Johannes Gutenberg invented his revolutionary printing press that the first printing of the Bible made copies available to the lower class. Only forty-eight copies of Gutenberg's original Latin print run exist, and they are considered to be the most valuable books in the world.- This beautiful leather-bound edition comes with luxurious endpapers, gilded edges, illustrated interior, and a ribbon bookmark.- The Holy Bible is the world's best-selling book, to date.The Holy Bible is a divinely inspired book that transcends time.

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