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MS. Holkham misc. 48

(formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 514)

Dante, Divine Comedy, in Italian
North Italy, Genoa(?); 14th cent., third quarter

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MS. Holkham misc. 48, pp. 1-54: Inferno
(Details, mostly of the lower parts of facing pages, scanned from Bodleian filmstrip Roll 389.1)

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p. 1 (detail, top left)
Inferno, Canto I.
Initial N[el]. Portrait of Dante.
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Inferno, Canto I.
Dante confronts the three beasts on the mountain; partial figure of Dante (rest of page destroyed).
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Inferno, Canto I.
Dante meets Virgil.
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Inferno, Canto II.
Dante (rest of scene destroyed).
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Inferno, Canto III.
Dante (part of scene destroyed), souls; the lukewarm, stung by insects, follow a banner.
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Inferno, Canto III.
Dante and Virgil before Charon; a group of souls on each bank.
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Inferno, Canto IV.
The unbaptized; Dante and Virgil greeted by the four ancient poets; the castle with seven walls.
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Inferno, Canto IV and V.
Dante and Virgil observe the virtuous pagans on the meadow; Dante and Virgil before Minos (damaged).
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Inferno, Canto V.
Dante and Virgil observe the carnal sinners driven by the wind; Dante and Virgil and Paolo and Francesca.
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Inferno, Canto VI.
Virgil, with Dante beside him, throws earth at Cerebus; Ciacco standing up among the gluttonous beneath hail and rain.
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Inferno, Canto VII.
Dante and Virgil before Plutus; the avaricious and the prodigal pushing stones.
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Inferno, Canto VIII.
The wrathful and the sullen in Styx; Dante and Virgil before the tower with two lights; the tower of Dis with one light.
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Inferno, Canto VIII.
Phlegyas ferries Dante and Virgil; Filippo Argenti beside the boat; the wrathful in Styx; Dante watches Virgil parleying with a devil before the City of Dis.
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Inferno, Canto IX.
Virgil shields Dante's eyes; the three Furies stand in front of the tower of Dis.
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Inferno, Canto IX.
Dante and Virgil watch the Heavenly messenger approach; a group of souls; the Heavenly messenger opens the gate of Dis; within the city, sacrophagi from which flames issue.
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Inferno, Canto X.
Dante talks to farinata as Virgil stands behind him; Cavalcante in the same sarcophagus; other sarcophagi, containing heads of heretics, are surrounded by flames.
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Inferno, Canto XI.
Dante and Virgil pass the sarcophagus of Pope Anastasius; three terraced, concentric circles filled with souls.
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Inferno, Canto XII.
Dante and Virgil before the Minotaur.
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Inferno, Canto XII.
Dante and Virgil meet the three centaurs, who are followed by other centaurs; the tyrants of Phlegethon.
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Inferno, Canto XIII.
Nessus departing; Dante and Virgil observe a tree in the wood of the suicides bleed after Dante has broken off a twig; Harpies in trees.
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Inferno, Canto XIII.
Dante and Virgil watch the profligate torn by hounds.
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Inferno, Canto XIV.
Dante and Virgil with Capaneus among the blasphemers and usurers in the rain of fire.
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Inferno, Canto XV.
Dante talks to Brunetto Latini while Virgil observes the sodomites in the rain of fire.
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Inferno, Canto XV.
Brunetto Latini in the rain of fire; Dante and Virgil continue their journey.
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Inferno, Canto XVI. Dante and Virgil with the three Florentine sodomites in the rain of fire; other sodomites in the rain of fire.
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Inferno, Canto XVII. Dante and Virgil (remainder of the page torn off).
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Inferno, Canto XVII.
Dante talks to the usureres in the rain of fire (partly torn off); Dante and Virgil mounted on Geryon.
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p. 27 (detail)
Inferno, Canto XVIII.
Dante and Virgil look at the concentric circles of the malebolge, which are filled with souls- the panderers and the seducers on the topmost ring scourged by devils.
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p. 28 (detail)
Inferno, Canto XIX.
Virgil stands beside Dante, who listens to Nicholas III among the simonists.
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Inferno, Canto XLX.
Simonists; Virgil carries Dante.
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Inferno, Canto XX.
Dante and Virgil observe the diviners.
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Inferno, Canto XXI.
Dante and Virgil observe a devil carrying the ancient of Lucca.
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Inferno, Canto XXI.
Dante hiding; devils; Virgil calms the devils; devils prodding a barrator in the pitch.
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Inferno, Canto XXII.
Dante and Virgil led by the devils; devils prodding the barrators in the pitch.
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Inferno, Canto XXII.
Two devils fall into the pitch; other devils, two of them pursuing Dante and Virgil.
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Inferno, Canto XXIII.
Dante and Virgil talk to the two jovial friars; hypocrites; Caiphas.
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p. 36 (detail)
Inferno, Canto XXIV.
Virgil chides Dante, who is toiling up the slope.
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Inferno, Canto XXIV.
Dante and Virgil observe Vanni Fucci stung by a serpent and restored to his former form; thieves.
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Inferno, Canto XXV.
Dante and Virgil observe Vanni Fucci, who defies God; Cacus, Agnello, and two other Florentine thieves.
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Inferno, Canto XXV.
The metamorphosis of Cavalcanti and Buoso; another Florentine thief.
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Inferno, Canto XXVI.
Dante and Virgil at the foot of the slope; Dante and Virgil with Ulysses and Diomedes, two of the false coucellors.
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Inferno, Canto XXVII.
Dante and Virgil with Guido da Montefeltro among the false councellors.
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Inferno, Canto XXVIII. Dante and Virgil with Mohamed; a devil threatening the sowers of discord.
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Inferno, Canto XXVIII. Dante and Virgil with Piero da Medicina; Piero da Medicina pointingtout Curio; sowers of discord.
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Inferno, Canto XXVIII.
Dante and Virgil observe Mosca and Bertrand de Born, who shows them his head (shown five times).
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Inferno, Canto XXIX.
Dante and Virgil observe Griffolino and Capocchio among the falsifiers; Dante talks to Capocchio; Virgil.
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Inferno, Canto XXX.
Dante and Virgil with Griffolino; Gianni Schicchi biting Capocchio; two falsifiers.
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Inferno, Canto XXX.
Dante and Virgil observe Master Adam, Sinon of Troy, and Potiphar's wife.
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Inferno, Canto XXXI.
Dante and Virgil observe the giants in the well.
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Inferno, Canto XXXI.
Dante and Virgil before Ephialtes; Antaeus lifting Dante and Virgil.
Canto XXXII.
Dante and Virgil observe the traitors (damaged).
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Inferno, Canto XXXII.
Dante raising Bocca by the hair from among the traitors to kindred as Virgil stands beside him; Dante and Virgil observe Ugolino gnawing Archbishop Ruggieri's head, and Dante talks to Ugolino (shown a second time).
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Inferno, Canto XXXIII.
Dante and Virgil observe Ptolomea.
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Inferno, Canto XXXIII.
Dante and Virgil with Fra Alberigo (?) among the traitors to cause and country; Dante and Virgil.
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Inferno, Canto XXXIV.
Dante and Virgil before Lucifer; Dante and Virgil (rest damaged).
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p. 54 (detail)
Inferno, Canto XXXIV.
Dante and Virgil emerging from the exit of Hell.

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