Florence: Giunti, 1573.
Early Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition. Item #047703
Later quarter calf, front cover and free endpaper detached, rear board just about detached. Mild dampstain over first 100 pages , scattered foxing and browning but generally quite bright otherwise. Two small worm holes in gutter of final colophon leaf. Two portraits (Boccaccio and an unidentified woman) and lovely historiated initials throughout - a finely printed Giunti edition of Boccaccio's masterpiece. (32), 580, (1)pp. Admas B2156, Brunet I 1002 (note), Pettas (Giunti of Florence) 496.
The first of the famed Council of Trent editions - having been unable to ban a book as widespread and beloved as The Decameron (it was censured in 1564), the council of Trent instead removed all mention of priests, clergy, and the Church from the work, while leaving all the erotic bits that would have been too easily missed. Marketed as a "correction" of earlier supposedly erroneous editions. Provenance: Kimbolton Castle copy with case/shelf ticket inside front cover.
Size: Quarto (4to). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Poetry; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 047703.