The engraved portrait on the title page is of Dante. The Amorous Banquet, written ca. 1304–07, is Dante’s second prosimetrum (compilation of prose and poetry). It sets forth the poet’s political and philosophical ideas, including advocacy for an imperial restoration under the spiritual authority of the Church. Dante also predicts a new age in which vernacular languages will supplant Latin as the primary medium of literary expression.
Lo amoroso co[n]uiuio / ‡c di Dante: con la additione: nouamente stampato.