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Lodovico Ariosto Collection

1,200 items (dispersed).

The Library's collection of early editions of the works of Ariosto is the second most important in Britain, comprising 83 of the 280 16th-century editions recorded by Agnelli and Ravegnani.

There are fine copies, bound by Mackinlay, of both the first edition, 1516, and the first complete edition, 1532, of Orlando Furioso. Other rare editions include those of 1524, 1527 and 1530.

The 16th-century editions of all the other works by Ariosto are available save for the prose version of La Cassaria and Erbolato.

Dialect versions include the very rare 1558 edition, French translations date from 1720 and 1844, and of the twelve English translations published up to 1800, the Library has ten, including the first edition of Harington's translation, 1591, and a rare first issue of the first Croker edition of 1755.

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