A H Bullen, London, 1903, first edition thus, hardback with supplement, no dust jacket, 8vo, pp ixx + 332, 8 plates (+ 8 plates in supplement)
This volume includes the first 40 of the 14th century Italian author, Boccaccio’s, 100 stories collected in the Decameron. The stories are told as if recounted by a group of seven women and three men who have escaped to the countryside to avoid the Black Death and include tales of love, ranging from the erotic and bawdy, to the tragic.
The supplement includes eight additional plates and a single page from volumes I and II which were presumably considered too bawdy for inclusion in the main volumes.
Good- condition. Brown cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Minor bumping to extremities and rubbing to edges. Some grubby marks to boards but no significant damage. Upper edge of pages gilt and evenly cut. Other page edges uneven and appear grubby. Most pages clean but a few show grubby marks. All plates protected by tissue paper. Occasional foxing, mostly evident on tissue paper.