The Orlando Of Ariosto, Reduced To Xxiv Books,




Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall.





Item Description

TWO VOLUMES. 8vo. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Vol. I, [iv] + 495 + [1] + [10] pp. index; Vol. II, [4] + viii + 473 + [1] + [10] pp. index. Bound in contemporary tree calf with gilt borders; spine in compartments decorated gilt with contrasting morocco title labels, gilt. Marbled endpapers. Minor wear to extremities with a clean crisp interior, a very good set. Library stamps of Sir John Trevelyan on first two front blank pages of each vol. 1793 signatures of Maria Trevelyan on second free endpapers. The romance epic, Orlando Furioso (1516) was the most famous work of the Italian poet, Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533), who is credited with the first coining of the term, humanism. The verse drama describes the exploits of Charlemagne and Orlando (Roland) as they fight the Saracens, with numerous diversions and subplots. Orlando Furioso has influenced many later writers, including Spenser and Shakespeare. John Hoole (1727-1803), a Londoner, was a translator from Italian, an unsuccessful playwright and a personal friend of Samuel Johnson; Sir Walter Scott did not have a high regard for his translating skills. A handsomely bound set, formerly owned by Sir Walter John Trevelyan, 8th Baronet (1866-1931), High Sheriff of Cornwall, 1906-07. (ESTC T133393).

[Stock No. 26088]

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