Year/Century: 18th century
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Description: Venice, 1739; ORLANDO FURIOSO di M.LODOVICO ARIOSTO Two volumes (whole set) original vellum, the spines of which bear the text title Dimensions: 3 3/4 by 6 1/4 "; excellent condition; slight foxing and vellum soiling on pages 700 and 713 Written in Italian
Ludovico Ariosto's epic poem Orlando Furioso, often known as The Frenzy of Orlando or more accurately Raging Roland, is an Italian work of epic poetry that had a significant impact on later society. The poem was first published in its entirety in 1532, however the earliest version dates back to 1516. Matteo Maria Boiardo's incomplete romance Orlando Innamorato (Orlando in Love, published posthumously in 1495) is continued in Orlando Furioso. It is similar to the eleventh-century Old French Chanson de Roland, which describes Roland's death, in terms of its historical location and characters. The narrative also has a chivalric romance, which has its roots in a tradition that dates back to the late Middle Ages and gained prominence in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
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