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ARIOSTO, Ludovico (1474--1533)
[Orlando furioso. 1772]
Orlando furioso di M. Lodovico Ariosto tomo I. (- IIII.)
In Venezia presso Antonio Zatta, 1772. (1773.)
4 vols ; 28.5 cm. (4º)
I: [18], lx, [300] p., engr. frontis., engr. t.-pl., engr. port., [5], XII pl.
II: [428] p., engr. t.-pl., XIII--XXV [i.e. 13] pl.
III: [412] p., engr. t.-pl., XXVI--XXXIX [i.e. 14] pl.
IV: [536] p., engr. t.-pl., XL--XLVI [i.e. 7], V pl.

Volume I has half title: Opere di M. Lodovico Ariosto. Title-pages are engraved. Volume IV imprint date: 1773. Includes 'Vita Di Msr. Lodovico Ariosto', by G.A. Barotti (vol. I, pp. [I]--LV) and 'I Cinque Canti Di M. Lodovico Ariosto (vol. IV, sig. H3-3D4). Tutti di nuovo revisti, e ricorretti da molti importantissimi errori'. Dedication to Lord Bute. With engraved frontispiece, 1 portrait, 4 engraved titles, 56 full-page plates, all within decorative rococo borders, and 52 engraved 'argomenti' heading the 'canti', engraved by Malosso, Leonardi, Zuliani, Baratti and others after designs by Pietro Antonio Novelli; some smaller unsigned head-pieces, culs-de-lampe and engraved initials. One of the finest books illustrated by Novelli and a recension of considerable textual importance. Among the plates illustrating the life of Ariosto at the beginning of volume I is a facsimile of Ariosto's autograph. Zatta was one of the most important Venetian printers of the 18th century. See Leporace, Il libro illustrato nel settecento a Venezia, #8; De Grassi, Libri illustrati del settecento veneziano, 169; Agnelli-Ravegnani I, pp. 202--203; Morazzoni 213; Gamba 61.

Binding C18th Italian quarter goatskin, gilt roll-tooled spine, black stained spine-title compartment, block-printed decorated paper boards, red and green sponged edges.

Reference Number 390


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