The Orlando of Ariosto [Orlando Furioso]
1791, 2 vols, with a William Blake engraving. John Hoole's translation.
Two volumes (complete), full leather with gilt decoration and contrasting title label to spine. Each 21 × 13cm, vol 1: viii, 495pp + index, vol 2: 473pp + index.
Full title: The Orlando of Ariosto, Reduced to XXIV Books; The Narrative Connected, and the Stories Disposed in a Regular Series.
Not signed as such but volume two carries the bookplate of Samuel Enderby. Enderby junior (1756–1829), was a whale and seal oil merchant and promoter of Antarctic exploration), his bookplate differs from that of his father's (also Samuel) as it depicts a harpooner with dark hair (Enderby Sr.'s bookplate has the harpooner with white hair). The bookplate has been removed from volume one.
Ludovico Ariosto's epic poem of 1532 recounts the adventures of a knight named Orlando and a beautiful woman, Angelica. She lures him away from his duty defending Europe against the African Saracens and ultimately drives him to madness. This edition is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Ariosto to volume one, and each volume has three engravings, one by William Blake and two by Angelica Kauffman.
The joints are weak with the front board of volume one very nearly detached. The leather rubbed to the corners and with some surface wear. The inner bindings are secure but the pages have intermittent foxing throughout. As mentioned, Enderby's bookplate has been removed from the first volume. All plates present.Sold