London: Printed for the Author; Sold by T. Bathurst, Payne and Son..., 1783. Single sheet, a bit soiled, the volume and page numbers at the top rubbed away. Blake’s engraving is after a drawing by Stothard depicting the furious Orlando brandishing a huge tree. Essick notes: “In a letter... to William Hayley, Blake states that he is ‘absorbed’ in the study of several poets including Ariosto”. Bentley, Blake Books, 417A. Essick, CBI, XII. (Inventory #: 107298)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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