Decamerone 1762

By Giovanni Boccaccio

Printed In London by William Haberkorn For William Nourse

The Volume is in Very Good Condition bound in SPeckled English Calf, Contemporary to the time of publication, with the spine divided into six gilt-stamped compartments by five gilt & raised bands, with a red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top the board edges gilt and leaf edges red speckled. Externally the boards and spine show mild scuffing, with chipping to the head and tail of the spine, slight splitting to the hinges, and with the board corners bumped.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects with Frontispiece. See below for pagination & dimensions.

Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including the Decameron and On Famous Women. As a poet who wrote in the Italian vernacular, Boccaccio is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue, which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot.

The Decameron, subtitled Prince Galehaut , is a collection of novellas by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375). The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. Boccaccio probably conceived the Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353. The various tales of love in The Decameron range from the erotic to the tragic. Tales of wit, practical jokes, and life lessons contribute to the mosaic. In addition to its literary value and widespread influence (for example on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales), it provides a document of life at the time. Written in the vernacular (the language of Florence), it is considered the masterpiece of classical early Italian prose.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [16], 574. [8], 35. The volume collates as follows: [a]-b, A-4D, A-E4.The volume measures 28.4 cm by 23.1 cm by 5.7 cm; each leaf measures 275 mm by 220 mm.

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