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Gerusalemme Liberata (complete in 2 volumes)
Tasso, Torquato

Gerusalemme Liberata (complete in 2 volumes)
Gerusalemme Liberata (complete in 2 volumes)

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Good-. Oringinal papered boards contemporaneously reinforced with yellow paper to spine. Spine chipped and splitting along edges. Shaken, with several loose leaves. Contemporaneous ownership inscriptions to front endpapers. Volume two bears dampstain up to page 2 and to endpapers and adjacent page at rear. A touch of mild foxing to extremeties. Italian language text.

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Item No: B13706
Publication date: 1812
Published by: Presso Romualdo Zotti; Londra.
Edition: 2nd Edition
Illustrated: Engraved portrait frontispiece to volume I and about 6 further plates to each volume.
Dimensions: 12mo. 7".
Cover: Hard
About this title: Jerusalem Delivered (La Gerusalemme liberata) is an epic poem by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso first published in 1581, which tells a largely fictionalized version of the First Crusade in which Christian knights, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, battle Muslims in order to raise the siege of Jerusalem. The poem is composed of eight line stanzas grouped into 20 cantos of varying length. The work belongs to the Renaissance tradition of the Italian romantic epic poem, and Tasso frequently borrows plot elements and character types directly from Ariosto`s Orlando furioso. Tasso`s poem also has elements inspired by the classical epics of Homer and Virgil (especially in those sections of their works that tell of sieges and warfare). Tasso`s choice of subject matter, an actual historic conflict between Christians and Muslims (albeit with fantastical elements added), had a historical grounding and created compositional implications (the narrative subject matter had a fixed endpoint and could not be endlessly spun out in multiple volumes) that are lacking in other Renaissance epics. But like other works of the period which portray conflicts between Christians and Muslims, this subject matter had a topical resonance to readers of the period, as the Ottoman Empire was advancing through Eastern Europe. One of the most characteristic literary devices in Tasso`s poem is the emotional conundrum endured by characters torn between their heart and their duty, and this depiction of love at odds with martial valour or honor is a source of great lyrical passion in the poem.