- Lacks the engr. title, replaced w. a nice calligraphed page in pen and brown ink incorporating a manuscript copy of the oval author's portrait present in woodcut on verso leaf 260; lacks 2 index lvs. (***1 and ***4), 2 lvs. from a diff. edition bound in to partly replace the lacking index lvs. (containing D to almost all of N, partly overlapping w. the orig. index; part of S to Z still lacking); partly w. (closed) wormhole in upper outer blank corner, occas. affecting the leaf number; some occas. sl. staining/ soiling; the 2 last sl. soiled and frayed index lvs. remargined; contemp. owner's entry next to woodcut portrait on verso leaf 160 ("Per Gracia di u.a s.mo Lebi[?] con mio onesto gli portar servito alla Plubi[..?] Città di molina[?] [...?] Sss.ma Sig.re"). Binding worn and w. small ticket on frontcover.
= Rare, early edition. The Orlando Furioso was first published w. 40 canti in 1516; only in 1532 a third edition was published, extended to its complete form containing 46 canti. Sander 567 note; STC Italian p.37; cf. Adams A1662 (diff. 1543 Giolito-ed. w. 264 lvs. in the first part); cf. Mortimer I, 28 (Giolito-ed. 1554): "The Orlando blocks were cut for Giolito's 1542 edition. They are the first Ariosto illustrations of any artistic merit, following Niccolò Zoppino's idea of providing one illustration to each canto but going far beyond the Zoppino blocks in skill of design and cutting (...). Bongi records twenty-eight illustrated editions from 1542 to 1560. Other Venetian printers copied the Giolito set (...)." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVIII.