DescriptionTorquato Tasso. Godfrey Of Bulloigne: Or The Recovery Of Jerusalem. Together with the Life of the said Godfrey. London: J[ohn] M[acock] for George Wells and Abel Swalle, 1687. Krown & Spellman retail: $450. 8vo. A8,a8,B-2T8. ,655,p. Contemp. paneled calf, split in front hinge, head chipped, dampstain to inner corner of opening leaves, booklabel and signatures of James & Thomas Clavering, otherwise a very good copy. First Edition thus. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Tasso (1544-1595) Italian poet, wrote his great epic "Jeruslaem Delivered" in 1575. Its theme is the capture of Jerusalem during the first crusade, presented from a thoroughly Christian and mediaeval point of view.Fairfax d.1635, "In 1600 he published 'Godfrey of Bulloigne, or the Recoverie of Jerusalem. Done into English heroicall verse,' fol., the first complete translation of Tasso's 'Gerusalemme Liberata.' The work is dedicated to Queen Elizabeth in four six-line stanzas, and the dedication is followed by a prose 'Allegorie of the Poem.' Richard Carew had previously translated a portion of the poem, and Fairfax made full use of his predecessor's labours. But in refinement and poetic instinct Fairfax far surpasses not only Carew but the translators of later times. Brian Fairfax states that 'King James valued it above all other English poetry,' and that it solaced Charles I in the time of his confinement. Dryden in the preface to his 'Fables' says: 'Many besides myself have heard our famous Waller own that he derived the harmony of his number from 'Godfrey of Bulloigne,' which was turned into English by Mr. Fairfax."DNB Added to this edition is a 3 pages poem by Robert Gould, a letter to the reader by Roger L'Estrange, and a Life of Godfrey. There are three imprints of this edition, with no priority. Wing T174A. ESTC r30158.
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