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BOCCACCIO Giovanni – Il Decameron di messer Giovanni Boccaccio – 1527 (but 1725)


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BOCCACCIO Giovanni – Il Decameron di messer Giovanni Boccaccio (Il Decamerone di M. Giovanni Boccaccio nuovamente corretto et con diligentia stampato – 1527 (but 1725, Londra per Tommaso Edlin). Full coeval leather, gilt frames on both the boards, gilt title at the spine as well as some other impressions, sprayed fore-edges; quarto, cm 21,8 x 15,3; sheets (2b) + II + (9) + 284 + (6) + pp. 49 + sheet (1b); professional restores at both the hinges, the front board a bit weaker due to the restore, extremely fresh and clean pages inside, a very good copy with wide edges overall. Two title-pages, both of them representing the Giunti’s device (also present at the end of the main text) in woodcut (at the verso of the second one – which is actually imitating the original from then 1527 – the true place and year of printing, accompanied by the Edlin’s printer mark), frontispiece and Author’s portrait engraved on copper (the frontispiece by Bernard Baron and the portrait by L. Auber). One of the first ‘counterfeit’ or facsimile ever known, the 1725 edition imitating the famous Giuntina of 1527. This edition is scarcer than the well-known 1729 Orlandelli’s one and different from it under a few aspects: the 1729 edition is lacking the two copper engravings, the life of Boccaccio from Filippo di Matteo Villani and the list of the subscribers. Provenance: ex libris and signed handwritten ownership long note from Lieutenant-colonel Sir Edward Baker on the endpaper and first blank, successive exlibris mark of “Dott. Stefano Abbruzzese” at the endpaper