DescriptionLodovico Ariosto. Orlando Furioso... Venice: 1730. Illustrated edition.
Lodovico Ariosto. Orlando Furioso. Venice: Stefano Orlandini, 1730. The best eighteenth-century illustrated edition. Text in Italian. Also, the frst Italian folio edition. Two folio volumes in one (15 x 10 inches; 382 x 263 mm.). [l], 576; [iv], 400 [actually 402] pages. With portrait of Ariosto and fifty-one plates inserted throughout. With half-title, and title-page printed in red and black. Complete. Contemporary full vellum, spine stamped in blind, gilt, and brown. Edges stained red. Binding worn and soiled; gutter facing half-title cracking; some intermittent soiling, foxing in text; a few leaves with mainly marginal tears or damage; endleaves toned and somewhat foxed; rear pastedown torn; previous owner's embossed stamp on rear free endpaper. Overall, a very good copy with beautiful illustrations. This set is one of the finest illustrated versions of Ariosto's Orlando (Roland), combining the best of Venetian baroque book design and neoclassical aesthetics. Not only does this volume contain the complete Orlando, it has other works by Ariosto, including comedies, poetry, and epistles. Gamba 60. Brunet I, 437.
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