DescriptionLudovico Ariosto. [D'Amour fureur. Roland Furieux, compose premierement en ryme Tuscane, par M. Loys Arioste, et depuis traduict en prose Francoyse...] Paris: Claude Gautier? or Olivier de Harsy? 1571. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. 8vo. a8 [-1a t.p.],A3D8. [14 of 16],800pp. 18th century mottled calf, gilt border, banded spine, gilt compartments, titles on leather labels, hinges rubbed; red edges, marbled endpapers; oval bookplates of "Antonio Ottaviano Co: De Collato." engraved by T. Viero; manuscript t.p. misidentifying this edition with corresponding incorrect ascription on spine; all pages ruled in red; marginal repairs to last 3 leaves (no text affected); occ. minor stains. Oval port of Ariosto on a4v, head- and tail-pieces; decorated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
This translation was first published in Lyon in 1543. The misattribution on the spine and ms. t.p. report this as a Lyonese ediion by De Tournes of 1544 but no such book exists. Our attribution is based on the number of pages and this copy can only belong to one the 1571 Paris editions. There are two differing imprints with the same title and pagination, but as we lack the t.p., we cannot tell which this is. "Although numerous imitations of Ariosto appeared in France, this is the only complete French translation printed during the sixteenth century. The French text is sometimes attributed to Jean Des Gouttes, whose name heads the dedication to cardinal Hippolyte d'Este, but Des Gouttes states specifically that the translation was made not by him but at his request. There has been some attempt to assign the translation to Jean Martin, but without satisfactory evidence." Ruth Mortimer, French, #36.]Lodovico Ariosto (1474-1533), Italian poet; in diplomatic and military service; governor of Garfagnana; retired to Ferrara, where he was director of the Este theatre; wrote odes, Latin poems, satires, sonnets, comedies, and other miscellaneous pieces. He first published this work in 1516, and was intended as a glorification of the Este family. It was widely read in the sixteenth century and is a classic of Renaissance literature. Index Aurel. 107.530-1(Total of 3 recorded copies). Brunet I, 440-1.Not in Adams, BM STC (French).
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