Le decameron de Jean Boccace.Londres [Paris]: [Prault,] 1757-61 Stock Code: 114589
One of the masterpieces of the illustrated bookA fine edition illustrated in large part by Gravelot: "one of the most accomplished illustrated books of the 18th century" (Cohen-de Ricci 158-61); "one of the masterpieces of the illustrated book" (Ray 15). The imprint is false; the book was published in Paris by Prault. The French translation is by Antoine Jean Le Maçon. Prault published an Italian version the same year, with the same illustrations, which is dated 1757 throughout and is usually regarded as taking precedence.
5 volumes, octavo (197 x 125 mm). Contemporary French mottled calf, smooth spines gilt in compartments, green morocco double labels, sides with triple gilt rule boards, turn-ins decoratively gilt, comb-marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Engraved portrait frontispiece, title pages, 110 plates, engraved en-têtes, engraved cartouches and 97 culs-de-lampe by Lemire, Legrand and others, after Gravelot, Boucher, Eisen and Cochin. Text in French.
Contemporary ownership inscriptions to binder's blanks; wood-engraved bookplates of Bibl. Hammer, Stockholm. A little wear to headcaps, corners worn, internally clean and fresh, a very good set.
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