The Decameron of Boccaccio – In Two Volumes by Giovanni Boccaccio


Translated by Richard Aldington

The Decameron of Boccaccio is a collection of short stories by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375). The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men; they shelter in a secluded villa just outside Florence in order to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. Boccaccio probably conceived of the Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353. The various tales of love in The Decameron range from the erotic to the tragic. Tales of wit, practical jokes and life lessons contribute to the mosaic. In addition to its literary value and widespread influence (for example on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales), it provides a document of life at the time. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose.

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A two-volume set with terracotta boards, gilt lettering and clipped dust covers. There is a clear plastic protective cover over both volumes. There is some rubbing to the edges of the dust jackets and foxing and toning throughout but the text and aquatints by Buckland – Wright are clear and legible. Volume one has a black ink inscription on the inside front page.

Published in 1955 by The Folio Society, Westminster.

Both Volumes now in a protective plastic cover to prevent further damage.

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Weight 1.640 kg
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