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ARIOSTO Ludovico / (de ROSSET F.) – Le divin Arioste ou Roland le furieux – 1643 / 1644


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ARIOSTO Ludovico / (de ROSSET F.) – Le divin Arioste ou Roland le furieux traduict nouvellement en françois par F. de Rosset. Ensemble la suitte de ceste histoire continuee iusgues à la mort du Paladin Roland conforme à l’intention de l’Autheur Le tout enrichi de figures et dedié a La Grande Marie De Madicis Reine de France & de Navar – 1643 / 1644. A Paris, chez An. de Sommaville […] et chez Av. Courbé. Full leather with gilt titles and impressions on the spine, raised bands and sprayed edges; quarto, 23.5 cm; cc. (16) + 440 (i.e. 442) + (4) + 99 (i.e. 102) + (6); some slight stains and a few slightly reddened pages, on the whole more than a good copy. Text in French, also in italics; some numbering errors but complete work in both parts that compose it; double title page, the first of which is totally copper engraved with coats of arms, portraits of the author and translator and of the main characters of the work; woodcut headings, drop caps and endings; 18 full-page copper engraved plates by Leonard Gaultier (also author of the title page). The date of printing is obtained from the subheading (1644) and from the title page of the second part (1643). Rare illustrated edition edited by François de Rosset, whose first translation of the Orlando’s dates back to 1616. This edition, in very good shape, is dedicated to Maria De Medici and adorned with beautiful full-page engravings