Title: Jerusalem Delivree, 1817
Author: Torquato Tasso
Publisher: Bossange et Masson, Paris
An early 19th century edition of Tasso’s epic poem Jerusalem Delivered, first published in 1581. The poem itself is largely a legendary retelling of the First Crusade, in which the valiant Crusaders led by Godfrey of Bouillon battled against the Fatimid Caliphate, culminating in the foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, which lasted nearly two centuries until its end, when the last remaining city, Acre, was destroyed by the forces of the Bahri dynasty in 1291. Unlike most Renaissance epics, Jerusalem Delivered was a tale with historical grounding with a true fixed ending. With the Ottoman Empire slowly advancing towards Eastern Europe at the time of publication, many readers found this tale resonating with them strongly, being another work of its era portraying the centuries-long historical conflict between Christianity and Islam at the time.
This two-volume set is adorned with portraits of notable figures from the First Crusade.
Two finely bound volumes in 12mo, 272+309 pages
On note of condition, both volumes are in good shape, with the binding displays some wear at the corners and joints, with some rust and wear developing on the spine. There is little to no foxing or staining present throughout the volumes.