Venice? Felice Valgrisi? ca. 16th century. Three leaves from what has been identified as a 16th century Italian edition of Orlando Furioso. The research of the former owner of the leaves led him to believe that the pages are from an edition printed by Felice Valgrisi in 1574. However, further research does not show Valgrisi printing Orlando Furioso before the 1580s, and that he only began his printing career in 1574. The leaves are for pages 369-370, and 391-394. The pages include decorated initials, Two of the pages have an opening "argomento" - subject - with a pictorial border. There is also a full-page illustration. The leaves pages show aging and the top and bottom margins and right fore-edges are browned. Still very good examples of fine sixteenth century printing. Measures 7 x 10 inches. EPHEM/042423. Very Good.
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Milan: Giovanni Pirotta, 1818. Hardcover. A beautiful version of this great Italian epic poem that first appeared in 1516. It takes place against the backdrop of the war between Charlemagne and the King of Africa, and has many fantastic and magical elements. It was a big influence on later works of literature, including Spenser's Faerie Queen and Shakespeare's Much Ado. Very good in full leather with repairs made using Japanese paper to both joints. The edges of this tissue are coming loose. A small section of modern leather has been added to the front board where there had been a chip to the original leather. The new leather has been tooled and dyed to blend with the original. Light cracking to leather with minimal board-wear. Despite the noted repairs, this is a nice, attractive copy with strong, tight spine and clean interior. Marbled end pages. Bookplate to front end page. In Italian. Folio. ITA109201. Very Good.