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DORÉ. ARIOSTO (Ludovico)
DORÉ. ARIOSTO (Ludovico) Orlando Furioso,  Illustrato da Gustavo Doré con prefazione di Giosuè Carducci, Fratelli Treves 1881
xx + 640 pp. inscribed on the back of the frontis. with some show through, some occasional spotting, large folio, full contemporary morocco inlaid with studs, inscribed in gilt letters "Al Caro Tito" and on the spine "Tomo Unico",
The inscription reads "I had this book from my dearest cousin Tito when I was a boy and I kept it as a precious reminder and mark of affection. In handing it on now to you, dear Arnoldino, I beg you to keep it with the same feelings towards Your most affectionate cousin Carletto Figari Genoa, 4th April 1921". The First Edition was published in Paris in 1879, and there was no English Edition. Apart from the Raven which was published in 1883, this is the last and most elusive of Doré's work in which he drew so many illustrations of such imagination and fantasy. Malan considers it the most unappreciated of his works because of the lack of an English text, but says that in this work "Doré was once again Adrift on Dreams of Splendor." The fact that Hachette first published it and not Cassell had much to do with its lack of circulation.

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