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Title: Orlando Furioso of Lodovico Arisoto, With an explanation of equivocal words, and poetical figures, and an elucidation of all the passages concerning History or Fable. By Agostino Isola.
Description: Cambridge. Printed by J. Archdeacon; Sold by the Editor, J. & J. Merrill, and W. H. Lunn, in Cambridge; J. Robson, J. Deighton, - Edwards, J. Johnson, London: and D. Prince, & J. Cooke, Oxford. 1789 FIRST EDITION. FOUR VOLUMES. 8vo, 178 x 107 mms., pp. 7 [8 - 14 Subscribers], 367 [368 blank]; [ii], 455 [ 456 blank]; [ii], 451 [452 blank]; [ii], 432, slightly later half green calf, marbled boards, gilt rules on spine, olive and red morocco labels; corners slightly worn, binding very slightly soiled, but a good to very good set. Having studied with Agostino Isola (1715 - 1797), Wordsworth attempted his own translation of Orlando Furioso and completed two books but "found the difficulty of translating him insurmountable." The first English translation was by Sir John Harington (1561 - 1612) and was published in 1591. Isola's edition was reviewed in The Analytical Review in 1790, the reviewer noting that "The learned public is very much indebted to Signior Agostino Isola, for this very elegant and commodious edition, of one of the most distinguished Italian poets. The English admirers of Ariosto, (and they are not few) have in these four pocket volumes, a correct text of his capital work; with an illustration of such passages, as one, not more than commonly versed in Italian poetry, would with difficulty understand."

Keywords: poetry Italian literature

Price: GBP 275.00 = appr. US$ 392.70 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 8114

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