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(SHAKESPEARE, William.) GIOVANNI FIORENTINO.

Il Pecorone:...

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Published: Milan [Lucca] Appresso di Giouann' Antonio de gli Antonij, [but Benedini,] 1554 [1740]

Stock Code: 132980

£1,350
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

Scarce counterfeit edition dated 1554 (before the first edition of 1558) but actually printed in Lucca in 1740. This collection of 50 short stories is titled Il Pecorone, Italian for "simpleton". It was written by Ser Giovanni Fiorentino around the end of the 14th century and first printed in 1558. It seems to have served as a key source for The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Merchant of Venice. One tale has many striking details of the "pound of flesh" story: an Italian merchant, a Jewish moneylender and a lady of Belmonte. Shakespeare probably read the tales in Italian, since no English version was printed until 1632.

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Description

Small octavo. Contemporary antique-style blindstamped sheep, gilt gauffered edges.

Illustrations

Woodcut printer's device on title and final colophon leaf.

Condition

Extremities rubbed, some gatherings a little toned, an excellent copy.

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