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letters of Dante, and of preparing a full comment upon them. His work was near enough completion in the spring of 1890 to be submitted to the committee on the award of the prize, consisting of Professor Lowell, Professor Norton, and Mr. G. R. Carpenter, who were unanimous in their opinion of the merit of his work. He did not live to learn their award. In accordance with the desire of his mother, the prize adjudged to him of one hundred dollars is now offered again to be competed for. The competition is open not only to the students in any department of Harvard University, and to Harvard graduates of not more than three years' standing, but also to students and graduates of similar standing of any college or university in the United States."

The Council wishes to record its most sincere regret that the life of so devoted and earnest a scholar should have closed so early. It is a great pleasure to add that Mr. Latham's translation is spirited, and that his illustrative and explanatory notes are valuable to the student of the times of Dante. By the advice of the examining committee, the essay is shortly to be published.

No essays were presented in May, 1891, for the Latham Prize, which therefore remains open for another year. Attention is especially called to the fact that "the competition is open not only to the students in any department of Harvard University, and to Harvard graduates of not more than three years'

standing, but also to students and graduates of similar standing of any college or university in the United States."

The following subjects are proposed for the year 1891-92, but competitors are at liberty to write on any one of the subjects which have been proposed for the five years during which the Dante Prize has been offered:

1. A comparison of Dante's system of sins in Hell and Purgatory, and an explanation of its apparent differences in the two realms.

2. Who was the Matilda of the Earthly Paradise, and what is her allegorical and symbolical character?

3. The acquaintance of English writers from Chaucer to Gray with the Divine Comedy.

The accompanying papers explain themselves. In the Ninth Annual Report was published Mr. Lane's Dante Bibliography for the year 1889, with the announcement that on account of the regular publication of a Dante bibliography in the "Bulletino" of the Italian Dante Society, it would not, in the opinion of the Librarian, be worth while to continue our bibliography after that year. The first paper which accompanies this Report, however, is a list of the books and periodical articles relating to Dante, received at the Harvard College Library during the year ending May 1, 1891. Of the 181 titles in this list, 105 are of contributions to periodicals, 35 being included in "L'Alighieri," and 62 are of books and pamphlets presented by their authors or by other friends, making in

all 34 persons to whom the thanks of the Society are due for their generous interest in its collection. The purchases from the funds of the Society have been few, partly because of the scantiness of the funds themselves, and partly because a considerable invoice of books, now on its way from Italy, has been delayed on its passage. Next year's list, it may confidently be expected, will show a larger proportion of books paid for by this Society. In the second and third accompanying papers, the attempt has been made to collect for the first time, and to reprint in convenient form, such documents concerning the private affairs and public life of Dante as have already been published. A large part of these documents are contained in books or periodical literature not easily accessible to many students of Dante, and it is hoped that to such this collection of them may be of permanent value; to all students it will be a convenience to have in a single publication documents which have been too long contained only in many different works. The remainder of the documents which concern Dante's public life will accompany the next Annual Report.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, President,
CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, Vice-President,

JUSTIN WINSOR,

PHILIP COOMBS KNAPP, Jr.,

JOHN WOODBURY,

WILLIAM COOLIDGE LANE,

GEORGE RICE CARPENTER, Secretary,

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.,

MAY 19, 1891.

Council of the Dante Society.

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ADDITIONS TO THE DANTE COLLECTION

IN HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY.

MAY 1, 1890-MAY 1, 1891.

Articles in periodicals cannot of course be placed on the shelves of the Dante collection, unless received separately in duplicate, but they are included in the following list. Purchases made with the money of the Dante Society are marked with an asterisk *.

WORKS OF DANTE.

Dante, con l'espositioni di Christoforo Landino et d'Alessandro Vellvtello. Riformato, riueduto, & ridotto alla sua vera lettura, per Francesco Sansovino. Venetia, appresso Gio. Battista, & Gio. Bernardo Sessa, fratelli. 1596. fo. ff. (28), 392. Port. and wacts.

A close reprint of the edition of 1578. It was condemned in the Spanish Index expurgatorius of 1614, on account of certain passages in Landino's comment.

Gift of Hon. J. R. Lowell.

*La divina commedia. Nuovamente corretta, e spiegata. 3 vol. Roma, Vincenzo Poggioli. 1806. 8°. Vigns. of Dante and plates.

This edition reproduces Lombardi's text. The notes are selected mainly from Volpi, Venturi, Lombardi, and Morando.

* La commedia. Londra, Rivington. 1890. sm. 8°. pp. viii, 500.

Reviewed in the Nuova antologia, 1 agosto, 1890, cxii. 556. [Photograph of one page of a MS. of the Div. com. (Inf. xxvii. 109-136; xxviii. 1-42), codice Palatino 106, Florence.]

The vision

H. F. Cary.

etc. 1845.

Gift of Dr. Prompt, of Paris.

or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. Translated by From the last corrected London ed. New York, sm. 8°. pp. 587. 12 engrs. from Flaxman.

Bequest of Mrs. Anna L. Möring.

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