BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-1375)
Il Decamerone di M. Giovanni Boccaccio nuovamente corretto et con diligentia stampato
Florence: Philippo di Guntia, 1527 [but Venice: Étienne Orlandini, 1729]. Large 8vo. (9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches). , 284 ff.
Contemporary vellum, spine lettered direct in gilt (covers a bit soiled and bowed)
The classic masterpiece of early Italian prose.
This series of one hundred novellas set against the background of a plague-ridden Florence would have a profound influence on Renaissance literature throughout Europe. Although dated 1527 on the title, this edition, edited by Stefano Orlandinin and printed at the cost of Salvatore Ferrari, was in fact printed in Venice in 1729 as a facsimile of the Giunta 1527 edition. It is sometimes referred to as the Consul Smith edition, after Joseph Smith (1682-1770), the British consul at Venice, and noted book collector, who was involved in its production.
Adams, B 2147; Brunet I, 999; Graesse I, 440.