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First Day Cover - Italy - 1965 - Filagrano

Title

First Day Cover - Italy - 1965 - Filagrano

Type

First Day Cover

Coverage

Italy

Date Issued

1965-10-21

Description

These first day covers were issued by Filagrano. One cachet features Gustave Doré's illustration for Paradiso 14:103-105, "The Cross." Surrounding the cachet is text as follows: vertically, on the left: "first day cover"; at the top: "REPUBBLICA ITALIANA"; and at the bottom: "VII CENT. DELLA NASCITA / DANTE ALIGHIERI" (7th centenary of the birth of Dante Alighieri).

Another cachet is based on Gustave Doré's illustration for Purgatorio 5:133-134, "Pia," and shows Dante and Virgil in front of Pia in a forest. Surrounding the cachet is text as follows: vertically, on the left: "primo giorno di emissione - first day cover"; at the top: "REPUBBLICA ITALIANA"; and at the bottom: "VII CENT. DELLA NASCITA DANTE ALIGHIERI" (7th centenary of the birth of Dante Alighieri).

A third cachet is based on Domenico di Michelino's fifteenth-century painting Allegory of the Divine Comedy in the Florence cathedral, except here Dante's right hand is not outstretched but rather clasps the side of a book. On the book is written a quotation from Paradiso 1:1–2: "LA GLO / RIA DI / COLVI / CHE / TVT- / TO MVOVE / PER L'VNI / VERSO PE / NETRA E / RISPLEN- / DE" (that is, "La gloria di colui che tutto muove per l'universo penetra e risplende"; The glory of Him who moves everything permeates the universe and is resplendent). In the upper left corner is an image of the Casa di Dante (Dante's house) in Florence. Surrounding the cachet is text as follows: vertically, on the left: "first day cover"; at the top: "REPUBBLICA ITALIANA"; and at the bottom: "VII CENT. DELLA NASCITA / DANTE ALIGHIERI" (7th centenary of the birth of Dante Alighieri).

A brief biography of Dante is printed on each envelope's flap.

Extent

96 × 165 mm ("The Cross")
95 × 166 mm ("Pia")
95 × 165 mm (Michelino)

Contributor

Gustave Doré
Domenico di Michelino
Filagrano (Forlì, Italy)

Language

English
Italian