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2012-06-26 19:27:38
Venezia: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1568. Hardcover. 257 x 178 mm (10 1/8 x 7"). 8 p.l., 654 pp., [16] leaves (index). Two (continuously paginated) works in one volume. Edited by Girolamo Ruscelli. Inoffensive 19th century Italian calf over paper boards, flat spine with gilt titling. With woodcut historiated initials, headpieces, full-page architectural title border with a portrait of Ariosto and the Valgrisi device, and WITH 51 FULL-PAGE WOODCUTS WITHIN BORDERS (46 for "Orlando Furioso," five for "I Cinque Canti"). Front pastedown with bookplates of Albert Hooper, Jules Pardonneau of Tours, and James William Ellsworth. Graesse I, 198; Mortimer Italian 29 (citing the 1562 edition). Corners quite worn, joints and edges somewhat rubbed, but the binding solid and perfectly adequate; very top of title page frame trimmed away, blank corner of one leaf restored, bottom half of one engraving with very faint yellowing, intermittent minor foxing of no consequence, other trivial imperfections, but an excellent copy internally, with fresh leaves and pleasing impressions of the woodcuts. This is the great sprawling romantic epic by Ariosto (1474-1533), 50,000 lines long, 26 years in the making and refining, and one of the most influential works of literature ever produced (among those writers indebted to Ariosto being Tasso, Cervantes, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, and Shelley). The story of "Mad Orlando" takes places against the background of the war between Charlemagne and the Saracens, when Orlando, one of Charlemagne's finest knights, neglects his duty out of love for the pagan … [Click Below for Full Description]
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