1679 Rare Italian Vellum Book - The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio - Il Decameron
Author : Boccaccio, Giovanni.
Title : Il Decameron di Messer Giovanni Boccacci, Cittadino Fiorentino . Si come lo, diedero alle stampe gli SSri Giunti l ` Anno 1527. Parte Prima + Parte Seconda, Prefacione + Poemio : J. Ph. Marucelli.
Language : Text in Italian.
Publisher : Amsterdam, no publisher (Elzevier), 1679. Second Amsterdam edition (the first appeared in 1665).
Size : 6 " X 3.5 ".
Pages : 544-436 pages.
Binding : Very good full vellum binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn, scuffed and soiled - as shown) under a removable protective mylar cover .
Content : Very good content (bright and tight, rare foxing and staining, name of a previous owner on first endpaper).
Estimate : (USD 500 - USD 750)
The book : Very nice 17th century Italian edition of The Decameron subtitled Prince Galehaut (Old Italian: Prencipe Galeotto and sometimes nicknamed l'Umana commedia ("the Human comedy"), -- 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 of 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 The Canterbury Tales), it provides a document of life at the time. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose.
The author : Giovanni Boccaccio - 16 June 1313 – 21 December 1375) was an Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including The Decameron and On Famous Women. He wrote his imaginative literature mostly in Tuscan vernacular, as well as other works in Latin, and 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.
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