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Boccaccio Giovanni; The Decameron or Ten Days Entertainment

SKU: Boccaccio Giovanni AB0310099 $195.00
The Decameron or Ten Days Entertainment by Giovanni Boccaccio with an introduction by Thomas Wright F.S.A. First Edition First Printing thus. The complete translation restoring those passages omitted in former editions. Published by John Camden Hotten Piccadilly circa December 2 1872. With portrait after Raffaelle. Engraved by Worthington: designs by T. Stothard R.A. engraved by Augustus Fox. The first English Translation of Boccaccio appeared in 1620-25 in folio. But that and all succeeding translations are imperfect missing Novel 10 of the 3rd Day and Novel 10 of the 9th day. This edition will be found to be complete although a few passages are in French and Italian. The illustrations given are the originals of the well-known designs by Stothard which embellished Pickering trades fine edition in 3 vols. J.C.H. Piccadilly. This is a very fine volume extravagantly printed. Full calf marbled paste down and end papers marbled edges around gilt borders on covers. Six compartment spine with black title block and gilt title debossing and gilt embellishments in wonderful condition. Pages are white to off-white without foxing spotting tears or loss. Text is complete. Front hinge wear with a 5 cm. separation at foot. Some rubbed edges and bumped corners. 532 pages. Volume measures: 13 cm. x 18 cm. (12mo). The spine and binding are tight and in great condition. This approx. 138 year old vol. has been gently used. The Decameron (subtitle: Prencipe Galeotto) is a collection of 100 novellas by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio probably begun in 1350 and finished in 1353. It is a medieval allegorical work best known for its bawdy tales of love appearing in all its possibilities from the erotic to the tragic. Some believe many parts of the tales are indebted to the influence of The Book of Good Love. Many notable writers such as Chaucer are said to have drawn inspiration from The Decameron. The title is a portmanteau of two Greek words meaning ten (deka) and day (hemera). The Decameron is structured in a frame narrative or frame tale. The work opens with a description of the Bubonic Plague (Black Death) and leads into an introduction of the group of seven young women and three young men who fled from Plague ridden Florence for a villa outside of the city walls. To pass the time each member of the party tells one story for every one of the ten nights spent at the villa. The Decameron is a distinctive work in that is describes in detail the physical psychological and social effects that the Bubonic Plague had on that part of Europe. It is also interesting to note that a number of the stories contained within The Decameron would later appear in Chaucer trades Canterbury Tales. However it is historically unclear whether Chaucer was ever exposed to The Decameron.