Dante - Divine Comedy and Industrial Commerce

The private collection of Wilhelm Reiner acquired in 1964 originally comprised about 1200 volumes. After the duplicates were handed over to the Petrarca Institute Cologne and the University Library Bochum, about 900 volumes remained. A count based on the catalogue of Reiner's collection revealed 409 titles that had appeared before 1900. The majority of these works were published in the 19th century. Besides 244 Italian titles, the German editions were predominant (110). The remaining works are in Latin, French, English, Dutch and Danish. About 200 titles are Dante editions and Dante letters, mostly in the original language, partly with illustrations. The remaining titles in the collection are commentaries, research reports, biographical works and literature on the Renaissance. The Reiners Collection thus provided the USB with an extraordinary enrichment of its Dante collection, allowing it to preserve one of the most comprehensive and best Dante collections in Germany. The collection is constantly expanded at the UCL Cologne.

Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321)

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in May or June 1265. He died on 14 Sep 1321 in Ravenna. His Divine Comedy overcame Latin, which had dominated until then, and turned Italian into a literary language. Dante is Italy's most famous poet and is regarded as one of the most important poets of the European Middle Ages. His work draws sovereign inspiration from the theology, philosophy and other sciences (Artes liberales) of his time.


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