1799. London: Printed for Otridge and Son... 1799.
5 vols., 8vo, pp. (vi), [2, ads.], cxvii, 335; [iv], 407; [iv], 427; [iv], 438; [iv], 322, vi, [56, index and ads.]. With an engraved frontispiece in each volume, 2 other engraved plates in volume 1, and Blake’s plate facing p.164 in volume 3. Backstrips a little dry, joints and corners bumped and rubbed, upper board of volume 1 sympathetically reattached, lower joint cracking.
§ Fourth edition (and thus) third state of Blake’s engraving which is after a drawing by Stothard and depicts 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, 417D. Essick, CBI, XII. ESTC T133398. BMC. Item #105169