London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. [The Decameron]. The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conversation.. London: Isaac Jaggard for Mathew Lownes, 1625-1620. 2 volumes in one, 2° (280 x 182mm). Titles within differing woodcut borders, the border to vol. I with a boar passant, the crest of the Sidney family, in top compartment [McKerrow and Ferguson 212], the border to vol. II composed of six woodcut medallions repeated as vignettes throughout both volumes. Woodcut initials and ornaments. (Without first and final blanks in both vols., lacking \\h\\h\\h2 (table) in vol. 2, lower margin of Mm6 trimmed, a little light spotting, a few tiny rustholes.) Brown morocco gilt by Birdsall, gilt edges (front hinge neatly splitting). Provenance: Rosenbach Collection (catalogue inserted) -- Peddie School (sale Christie's New York 2006).
Second edition of vol. I, first edition of vol. II of THE FIRST COMPLETE TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH. At least fifty-four English plays, including several works by Shakespeare, have plots derived from the Decameron. Grolier Wither to Prior 250 (first edition); Pforzheimer 72 & 71; STC 3173 & 3172.
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