TOM PHILLIPS, Dante's Inferno (Thames and Hudson, London 1985)

Phillips's own translation of Dante's masterpiece is accompanied by 138 illustrations that reveal the full range of Phillips's talents as a draughtsman and imaginative interpreter of Dante's text. A modern illuminated manuscript, this book is a visual delight. Given to me as a Christmas present in 1985 by my ex-mother-in-law, Hinda.