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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 160

    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-75). De montibus, silvis, fontibus. Venice: [Vindelinus de Spira], 13 January 1473.

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    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-75). De montibus, silvis, fontibus. Venice: [Vindelinus de Spira], 13 January 1473.

    Chancery 2° (300 x 203mm). Collation: [1-510 68 710 88] (1/1r De montibus, 2/8v blank, 2/9r De silvis, 3/1r De fontibus, 3/6r De lacubus, 3/10v blank, 4/1r De fluminibus, 6/8v blank, 7/1r De stagnis et paludibus, 7/5r De diversis nominibus maris, 8/7r colophon, 8/7v-8 blank). 75 (of 76, without final blank) leaves. 41 lines and headline. Type: 1:110R2. North Italian contemporary illuminated white-vine initial opening text, other 2- to 4-line initial spaces with guide-letter. 16/17th-century MS quiring numbered 31-38, pinholes visible in many leaves. (Faint dampstain at upper edge, a little light marginal spotting.) Modern flexible paper boards, vellum quire guards.

    FIRST EDITION OF BOCCACCIO'S GEOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY, comprising an alphabetical list of mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. The famous encomium of Boccaccio's friend Petrarch is found in the chapter on sources and springs, under "Sorgia", the underground source of the Sourgue at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse immortalised in the poet's verse. HC *3326; GW 4482; BMC V, 162 (IB. 19560-61); BSB-Ink. B-564; Bod.-Inc. B-375; Klebs 189.1; Goff B-756.


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