1903 The Decameron
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Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 21 December 1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including 'The Decameron', 'On Famous Women', and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in verisimilitude that of just about all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writers and often followed formulaic models for character and plot. 'The Decameron' 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. Many notable writers such as Chaucer are said to have drawn inspiration from 'The Decameron'. The compelling way in which the tales were written and their almost exclusively Renaissance flair made the stories from 'The Decameron' an irresistible source that many later writers borrowed from.
In full cloth bindings. There is little wear to the extremities apart from some minor marks to the boards and some fading to the top and edges of the third volume. There is a small bookseller's sticker to the front pastedown of each volume. The bindings are tight and firm with all covers and pages securely attached. There is a closed tear to the edge of the internal flap of the third volume. The pages in the two main volumes are rough cut. Internally the pages and plates are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark and spotting to some pages, mainly the plates as usual due to the paper used.
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