• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 181

    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Le Decameron, translated by Antoine Le Mâcon. London [but Paris]: 1757-1761. 5 vols., 8° (220 x 135mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece, 5 engraved titles and 110 engraved plates by Le Mire, and others after Gravelot, Boucher, Cochin and Eisen, engraved head- and tailpieces throughout after Gravelot (short tear in the portrait margin, occasional very light spotting, soiling or browning.) Contemporary sprinkled calf with flat spines, perhaps by Bradel-Derôme, edges gilt (two vols with small surface losses to the spines and chipped labels, a few joint starting). Provenance: 'M.E.' (contemporary manuscript cypher in ink on the last leaf of text).

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    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Le Decameron, translated by Antoine Le Mâcon. London [but Paris]: 1757-1761. 5 vols., 8° (220 x 135mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece, 5 engraved titles and 110 engraved plates by Le Mire, and others after Gravelot, Boucher, Cochin and Eisen, engraved head- and tailpieces throughout after Gravelot (short tear in the portrait margin, occasional very light spotting, soiling or browning.) Contemporary sprinkled calf with flat spines, perhaps by Bradel-Derôme, edges gilt (two vols with small surface losses to the spines and chipped labels, a few joint starting). Provenance: 'M.E.' (contemporary manuscript cypher in ink on the last leaf of text).

    LARGE-PAPER COPY, 'among the most accomplished illustrated books of the 18th century' (Cohen). Cohen-de Ricci 160-161; Ray, French, 15 (Italian text issue). (5)


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