ORLANDO FURIOSO IN ENGLISH HEROICAL VERSE, BY JOHN HARINGTON. (LONDON: RICHARD FIELD DWELLING IN THE BLACK-FRIERS BY LUDGATE, 1591)
Folio (12 1/8 x 7 5/8 in.; 306 x 194 mm). Engraved architectural title incorporating portraits of the author and of the translator by Thomas Cockson [Johnson, p. 7] , 46 full-page engraved text illustrations after the originals in Porro’s edition of 1584, woodcut head- and tail-pieces, decorative initials and frames for “The Argument” of each book, all illustrations and decorative elements with bright contemporary hand-color; moderate marginal soiling and spotting throughout. Seventeenth-century red morocco gilt-tooled in a Samuel Mearne-type panel design with foliate stamps at four corners and larger interlace foliate tools along the edges of the frame, spine richly gilt with title stamped in one compartment, edges gilt and gauffered; rebacked with original spine laid down, some stains and a few small scuffmarks, extremities worn.
Lady Arabella Seymour [Stuart] - Maximilian Waad (gift inscription on upper margin of title dated 161 recording the previous owner, slightly shaved) – Frank Brewer Bemis (bookplate) – Frances Hofer (bookplate) – Philip Hofer (pencil note on front flyleaf dated 4 February 1949) – acquisition: 1965
STC 746; ESTC S106637; Pforzheimer 447 (citing the present copy in the note)