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BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (ca 1313-1375). Le Decameron. Translated by Antoine Le Maçon. Paris: [L. Blaublom?] for Étienne Roffet, 1545.
2o (322 x 210 mm). 10 metalcuts, one at the head of each text division, attributed to Étienne Delaune; criblé initials in four sizes. (A little staining from inscription on title, lacking leaf a1 containing the duplicate dedication in italic, often removed [see below], most inner margins repaired in quire S and on T8, T3 with lower margin repaired, minor internal repair on e1, a few other very minor marginal repairs on K2 and K6, some minor occasional pale spotting.) 18th-century French sprinkled calf gilt. Provenance: Jonceray (signature on pastedown); Stephane Aster, MD from the University of Montpellier, now at the College of Orleans (ownership inscription on title dated 1728); 18th-century inscription on pastedown with purchase price "12 livres tournois"); acquired from Librairie Rossignol, 1971.
FIRST EDITION of Antoine Le Maçon's translation which was commissioned by Marguérite d'Angoulême, queen of Navarre, whose own Heptaméron was is based on this work. "Le Maon's dedication to Marguérite is printed in roman letter on leaf ã2 and reprinted in italic on leaf a1. In most copies, one of these duplicate leaves has been removed. Fairfax-Murray French 46; Mortimer French 106.
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