Orlando furioso di M. Lodovico Ariosto ornato di varie figure con alcune stanze, et cinque canti d'un nuovo libro del medesimo nuovamente aggiunti & ricorretti [...] & nel fine una breve espositione, et tavola di tutto quello, che nell'opera si contiene

Autore: ARIOSTO, Ludovico (1474-1533)

Tipografo: Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari

Dati tipografici: Venezia, 1550

8vo (158x105 mm). 300, [28] leaves. Collation: A-SS8. Title page within an elaborate woodcut border with at the center Giolito's phoenix. Each canto opens with a woodcut vignette. Ariosto's woodcut portrait on l. PP5v. Decorative woodcut initials. Text printed in two columns in italic. At l. LL6r begin, with separate title page, the spurious newly added Cinque canti; at l. PP5r begins, with separate title page, the Espositione di tutti i vocaboli by Lodovico Dolce; at l. SS2v is the Tavola di tutte le cose nell'opera contenute per ordine di alphabeto. Colophon and printer's device on final leaf recto. Slightly later stiff vellum with overlapping edges, inked title on spine, blue edges (soiled and darkened, lacking ties). Bookplates of James Graham, judge of the High Court of Admirality, and Sir Robert Shafto Adair. Title page a bit soiled, light damp stain to the upper margin throughout the volume, small tear with no loss to l. DD7, upper margin cut short occasionally shaving the current title, some light browning in places, overall a lovely, genuine copy.


Rare early reprint of Giolito's pocket Furioso with the addition of the spurious Cinque Canti (first printed by Paolo Manuzio in 1545) and with Dolce's critical apparatuses.

Giolito published his first Furioso in 1542, supplementing the poem for the first time with commentaries and woodcut vignettes. The success of this innovative format was immediate. From 1542 onwards the poem was constantly re-issued, both in quarto and, from 1543, in the cheaper and more popular octavo format, transforming the Furioso into a “classic” of modern literature. The text was edited by Lodovico Dolce (1508-1568), one of the Giolito's closest collaborators.

Edit 16, CNCE2661; Agnelli-Ravegnani, I, pp. 85-86; Bongi, I, p. 294.