London, South Kensington
16 November 2004
BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-1375). Il Decamerone, in French. 'Londra' [Paris: Prault], 1757. 5 volumes, 8° (204 x 127mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece, 5 engraved titles and 110 engraved plates by Le Mire, Lempereur, Flipart and others after Gravelot, Boucher, Cochin and Eisen, engraved head- and tailpieces (one printed upside-down) throughout after Gravelot. 19th-century red morocco gilt by David, edges marbled and gilt (hinges and corners lightly scuffed). Provenance: IB (19th-century bookplate) -- Halsted B. Vander Poel.
LARGE-PAPER COPY of Gravelot's lively and very successful illustrated edition of the Decameron, 'the most extensive undertaking of his career as an illustrator'. Cohen-de Ricci 160-161; Ray, French, 15 (Italian text issue).
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