1558 Folio woodcut Ludovico Ariosto Orlando furioso Ravenna Italy Falling Flood
1558 Folio woodcut Ludovico Ariosto Orlando furioso Ravenna Italy Falling Flood
1558 Folio woodcut Ludovico Ariosto Orlando furioso Ravenna Italy Falling Flood
1558 Folio woodcut Ludovico Ariosto Orlando furioso Ravenna Italy Falling Flood
1558 Folio woodcut Ludovico Ariosto Orlando furioso Ravenna Italy Falling Flood
1558 Folio woodcut Ludovico Ariosto Orlando furioso Ravenna Italy Falling Flood

1558 Folio woodcut Ludovico Ariosto Orlando furioso Ravenna Italy Falling Flood

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Rinaldo from his courteous landlord hears

What folly had destroyed his every good;

Next learns another story, as he steers

Toward Ravenna with the falling flood:

Then last arrives where, conqueror o’er his foes

Orlando was, but in no joyful mood.

He, that the Child a Christian made whilere,

Christens Sobrino, and heals Olivier.

Valgrisi, Venedig 1558

Bibliographical references: Adams, A 1668. Graesse I, 198.

Vincenzo Valgrisi’s edition marked a turning point in the history of Orlando’s editions with the introduction of full-page woodcuts illustrating the poem and an edited version of the text by Girolamo Ruscelli.

The illustrations were intended to clarify the intricacy of the plot and represent some of the best woodcuts produced during the Renaissance. Their use of perspective scenes enable clarity while their mannerist borders make them quite magnificent.

Woodcut vignette to verso

Marginal age toning to lower right corner. Minor age toning to leaf.