Etching on india paper, proof before all letters and engraved border. Sheet 270 x 195mm, 10½ x 7¾". Age-toning and light spotting.
Two soldiers in Romanesque uniform; Argalia standing in river to left, holding helmet, and on the right Ferrał standing on the bank, holding a pole. An illustration after Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 - 1785) to 'Orlando furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando)' (G. Baskerville, Birmingham) by Lodovico Ariosto (1474 - 1533). Ariosto's Italian romantic epic takes place against the backdrop of the war between Charlemagne and his Christian paladins, and the Saracen army which is attempting to invade Europe.
De Vesme 1638, I of VI. See BL C.70.f.4.
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