ARIOSTO, Ludovico (1474-1533). Orlando Furioso. Birmingham: J. Baskerville for P. and G. Molini, 1773. 4 volumes, 8° (225 x 146mm). Ruled in red. Errata and subscribers' list bound in vol. IV; bound without half-titles and some blanks. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Fiquet after Eisen, 46 engraved plates by Bartolozzi, de Longeuil, de Ghendt and others after Cipriani, Moreau le Jeune, Eisen, Cochin, Monnet and Griuze. (Occasional light browning and spotting.) Early 19th-century red, straight-grained morocco, sides and spines gilt, gauffred gilt edges (spines lightly and evenly faded, extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Baron Alington (bookplate).
THE BASKERVILLE ARIOSTO IN RED MOROCCO. In his preface Pietro Molini, publisher, boasts the virtues of this edition 'on the ground of the correctness of its text, the diligence of his printer (the 'notissimo Giovanni Baskerville'), and the collaboration of the most celebrated artists of London and Paris' (Ray). These artists include Gian Battista Cipriani (1727-1785), author of 14 plates stipple-engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), and Jean-Michel Moreau (1741-1815), the most celebrated Parisian illustrator of the time. Brunet I, 438; Cohen-de-Ricci 95; Gaskell 48(a); Ray, French, 64; Sander 44.