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Orlando Furioso

ARIOSTO, Ludovico (1474 – 1533).

Published by Birmingham: G. Baskerville for P. and G. Molini, 1773., 1773
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4 volumes. Folio (11 4/8 x 9 inches). Frontispiece portrait of Ariosto by Fiquet after Eisen, 46 engraved plates by Bartolozzi, de Longeuil, de Ghendt, Choffard, Duclos and others after Cipriani, Moreau le Jeune, Eisen, Cochin, Monnet and Griuze (some plates browned). FINE BINDING of contemporary red morocco, each cover with a fine border of triple fillets, the spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in two, the others decorated with borders of fine gilt fillets surrounding a single gilt daisy, all edges gilt, attributed to Derome (#500) in an early hand on the verso of the front free endpaper, dated 1780. Limited issue, ONE OF ONE HUNDRED LARGE-PAPER COPIES, AND AN ATTRACTIVE SET, printed by the celebrated Baskerville press, founded in Birmingham, England, by John Baskerville (1706-1775) in 1757, with an edition of Virgil. Baskerville designed his own typeface and used it to great effect in his magnum opus the Baskerville Bible. In the preface to this edition Pietro Molini, extolls the excellence of his edition 'on the grounds of the correctness of its text, the diligence of his printer (the 'notissimo Giovanni Baskerville'), and the collaboration of the most celebrated artists of London and Paris' (Ray). The artists who created the magnificent plates in these volumes were Gian Battista Cipriani (1727-1785) from London who contributed 14 stipple-engraved plates by Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), and Jean-Michel Moreau (1741-1815), the most sought-after and celebrated Parisian illustrator of the time. Ariosto’s "Orlando Furioso" is one of the great masterpieces of Italian Renaissance literature. First published in Ferrara 1516, in 40 cantos, and in its complete form of 46 cantos in 1532. "Orlando Furioso" (or "Mad Orlando") is a continuation of Matteo Maria Boiardo's unfinished romance "Orlando Innamorato" ("Orlando in Love", published posthumously in 1495) Orlando himself is very loosely based on Roland (of "The Song of Roland", the oldest surviving major work of French literature), a heroic knight in Charlemagne's court, intermingled with Arthurian and other influences. Orlando is driven "Furioso" or mad with love for the beautiful Angelica, and must be restored to sanity in time to save Paris from the Moslem hordes. There are fantastical elements, numerous subplots, twists and turns, and a myriad of minor characters. Brunet I, 438; Cohen-de-Ricci 95; Gaskell 48(a); Ray, French, 64; Sander 44. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib589

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Title: Orlando Furioso

Publisher: Birmingham: G. Baskerville for P. and G. Molini, 1773.

Publication Date: 1773

Binding: Hardcover

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