London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-1375). Il Decamerone, edited by Lodovico Dolce. Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1552. 2 parts, 8° (207 x 138mm). Woodcut illustrations. (Title-page laid down, with subtitle excised and supplied in manuscript, T3v a little soiled, AA2-3 slightly stained, margins cut close.) Later 18th-century red morocco (spine browned and chipped, extremities rubbed). Provenance: William Beckford (purchaser's note: 'June 1808 Beckford, Sale at L. & S. 3-13-6'; pencilled shelf mark 'H. 6. North') -- S.F. Widdrington of Newton Hall (bookplate).
BECKFORD'S COPY of Dolce's edition, with cuts derived from the 1533 Venice edition. The manuscript subtitle reads: 'Nuovamente alla sua vera lettione ridotto per M. Lodovico Dolce'. cf. Essling 649; Sander 1071.
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