1684 The Novels and Tales of the Renowned John Boccacio, the First Refiner of Italian Prose: Containing a Hundred Curious Novels, by Seven Honourable Ladies, and Three Noble Gentlemen, Framed in Ten Days
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Leather Binding, Rebound, Scarce
The fifth edition of this work, being the fifth edition in English.
A scarce work.
ESTC citation number R2136.
Bound without the frontispiece. A printed facsimile frontispiece had been adhered facing the title page. Otherwise the work is complete.
The register runs as , a4, B-Q4, R-Y6, Z8, Aa-Kkk4.
The disruption in pagination is as stated by the ESTC, with continuous text.
A collection of the works of Giovanni Boccaccio, only containing his best known 'Decameron'.
'The Decameron' is a collection of novellas by the Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio, spilt into one-hundred tales. They're told from the point of view of ten young men and women, hiding in a villa outside Florence, trying to escape the Black Death.
Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian writer and poet who was an important figure during the Renaissance.
This edition is presumably translated by John Florio, who's first attributed translation was published in 1620. The translation is not based on Boccaccio's own Italian text, but on Antoine le Macon's 1545 French translation, and Lionardo Salviati's 1582 Italian edition.
Prior owner's ink inscription of Elizabeth Hawksmoor to the title page. Though the identity of Elizabeth is not certainly clear, it is possible that she is the daughter of Nicholas Hawksmoor, the noted English architect. Hawksmoor's daughter Elizabeth was his only child, and her second husband was Nathanial Blackerby, who wrote Nicholas Hawksmoor's obituary. Nicholas Hawksmoor was a leading figure in the English Baroque movement, contributing to the designs of St Paul's Cathedral, Blenheim Palace, and Castle Howard.
Rebound in a half morocco binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, near fine with just a couple of light marks. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are age-toned with spotting. Some small tidemarks to the title page. Small tidemark to leaf C1. Clear tap repair across leaf F4, affecting 30 words but with no loss. Small chip to the margin of leaf L4, with a small tape repair to the margin of leaves L4 to Q2. U4 with a small repair to the tail of the margin with no loss. Leaf Cc3 with a sewn repair and tape repair, affecting 11 words with no loss. Small tape repair to the margins of leaves Qq1, Ss1, Uu4, and Ggg3.
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