London: Williams & Norgate, 1914. First British edition. Octavo, original maroon cloth, uncut, original dust wrapper. Ink stamp, slight tanning to endpapers of nearly-fine book, creasing, soiling and wear to rare original dust wrapper. Very good indeed. Item #119
"THE DIVINA COMMEDIA REPAYS THE STUDY OF THE HISTORIAN, THE PHILOSOPHER, THE ARCHAEOLOGIST, THE NATURALIST, BUT ITS CENTRAL THOUGHT REVEALS ITS SPIRITUAL VALUE" First British edition of these six William Belden Noble Lectures, delivered in 1913 at Harvard University by the Anglican bishop W. Boyd Carpenter. The lectures consist of: I. The Man, II. The Drama of His Life (Life Lost), III. The Inexorableness of Righteousness ("Inferno"), IV. Educative Discipline ("Purgatorio"), V. The Victory of Love ("Paradiso"), VI. The Drama of the Soul (Life Lost and Found). Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and six other plates. With a Note on the Noble Lectures and Carpenter's Preface, dated "December 31st, 1913/6 Little Cloisters/Westminster Abbey." A bright copy, elusive in the original illustrated wrapper.