7 July 2004
BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-75). Fiammetta. Florence: heirs of Filippo Giunta, January 1524.
8° (163 x 95mm). Roman (title, heading, headline) and italic (text) types. Initial space with guide-letter opening text, woodcut Giunta device on final verso.
BINDING: Parisian binding of c.1540 by Etienne Roffet; gold-tooled olive morocco over pasteboard, gilt and blind fillet borders, both sides lettered FIA MMET TA . DE . B OCCAC CIO, 5 spine bands outlined with blind fillets, gilt edges, missing two ties, pastedown and two free flyleaves at each end (discrete repairs at corners and spine ends); modern black morocco folding case. Miner, no. 352; Cinq siècles d'ornements, no. 17; Hobson/Culot2 28.
PROVENANCE: 'No. 1063' (on flyleaf) -- De Granmondt (manuscript within medallion on flyleaf) -- George, 5th Lord Vernon -- Sir George Holford (sale Sotheby's, 5 December 1927, lot 113, £34 to Maggs) -- Gumuchian (cat. XII , no. 28] -- Raphaël Esmerian (booklabel; sale Paris, 6 June 1972, lot 39) -- Michel Maignan (booklabel).
AN EXTREMELY FINE COPY. The leather is beautiful both in colour and texture and the design is highly sophisticated in its restraint. It is the work of Etienne Roffet, publisher and binder, who succeeded in the family firm begun by his father Pierre. Etienne was appointed binder to the king in 1539 and executed a series of bindings for François I; he remained active as both publisher and binder until his death in 1548/59. The authorship of this binding has been recently confirmed by an examination of royal bindings at the Bibliothèque nationale (see Laffitte and Le Bars, p. 39, citing this binding). Adams B-2130a.
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Please note that there is a small loss at the head of the spine.
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