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First Day Cover - United States - 1965 - Anderson

Title

First Day Cover - United States - 1965 - Anderson

Type

First Day Cover

Coverage

United States

Date Issued

1965-07-17

Description

This first day cover was designed by C. Stephen Anderson. The cachet features a woodcut-style portrait of Dante above a brief biography of the poet. The text of the biography is as follows:

Born in Florence, Italy, in 1265, Dante Aligheri was perhaps the outstanding poet of the middle ages. He is often called the father of Italian literature. His best-known works are "New Life" and the "Divine Comedy". A lesser known but important work, "On Monarchy," advocated the separation of church and state. The last nineteen years of his life were spent wandering in exile. He died in Ravenna, Italy, in 1321.

Here Dante's surname is spelled "Aligheri," an accepted alternative for "Alighieri." The cachet is known in a black, green, and red versions.

Extent

93 × 165 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Mellone no. 1268-1

Contributor

C. Stephen Anderson

Language

English