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Orlando furioso

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Author Lodovico Ariosto (Italian, 1474–1533), Printer Vincenzo Valgrisi (Italian, active 1540–1572)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Mortimer, Italian, 29 (1562 ed.)


Overall: 25.2 x 19.8 x 5.4 cm (9 15/16 x 7 13/16 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 46 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1572) Quarto; 354 leaves; modern limp vellum, dark tan cloth box.

Illustrations: architectural title border with portrait and devices of Ariosto, and printer’s device; full-page illustrations within decorative borders at head of each canto.

Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1572


Old ownership inscriptions title and verso, one by Nicolai Papini [?]; unidentified collector's stamp on lower pastedown (initials OG with serpent and staff); Ferd. Ongania, Venice (bookseller's label); Sarah Sullivan Perkins and Charles Mills Cabot, by whom given to MFA, March 1928.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Sarah Sullivan Perkins and Mrs. Charles Mills Cabot in memory of Miss Elizabeth Welles Perkins