New exhibition, Designing Dante, launches at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library

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Explore how Dante’s Divine Comedy has been designed on and beyond the page in the 700 years since his death.

The Rylands holds one of the finest and most complete collections of Dante material anywhere in the world, including, remarkably, almost every edition of his work printed before 1600. This exhibition gives us the opportunity to showcase not only some of the incredible objects in our collections, but also Dante’s place in the wider cultural landscape of the city of Manchester, and especially his importance to the library’s founder, Enriqueta Rylands. I’m very pleased that we have been able to include some of her own personal copies of Dante in the exhibition, displayed again in the magnificent building which she gave to the people of the city.

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