In anticipation of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, Brooklyn artist George Cochrane has worked on a contemporary illuminated manuscript of Dante’s Divine Comedy—all 350,000 characters of the epic poem, plus illustrations, in the original Italian for nearly seven years. Last month, he took the project to Kickstarter, where it was fully funded in less than six minutes. The project offered four different editions, as well as related artwork, starting at $80. Two backers chose the Empyrean Edition at $10,000; Cochrane wrote to supporters on March 16, “as far as we know that’s the SINGLE MOST EXPENSIVE BOOK ever offered on Kickstarter.”
Although they have already raised more than $260,000, the pledge page remains open, so there’s still a chance to participate. The books will be printed in Italy and San Marino.
Even if you are not a particular fan of Dante, you have to see this amazing book project.