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    Tasso, Torquato. Jerusalem Delivered; An Heroic Poem. London: Johnson and Co. et al.,1811. 8vo. xxxii, 505pp. Original diced calf with gilt border, re-backed spine with some decoration in blind and the title in gilt. Port. of author. With 13 full-page engravings by Shelley. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $150.00

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    Tasso (1544-1595) Italian poet, wrote his great epic Jerusalem Delivered in 1575. Its theme is the capture of Jerusalem during the first crusade, presented from a thoroughly Christian and mediaeval point of view. Hoole, John (1727-1803), translator. "In 1763 he published Jerusalem Delivered (a translation of Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata), having had the first book printed in 1761 for his friends. His labours on Tasso's works (Rinaldo was published in 1792) earned him the nickname Tasso Hoole. Although Jerusalem Delivered was generally favourably received, Sir Walter Scott, introduced to Tasso "through the flat medium of Mr Hoole's translation", said the translator was "a noble transmuter of gold into lead"  

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