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The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio. 2 Volume set

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Product description

The volumes are structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. Boccaccio probably conceived 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 The 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. This edition was privately printed for the Navarre Society in London and contains 16 hand coloured illustrations from original drawings by Louis Chalon. Beige cloth boards.

Item details

Added value:
circa 1930
Author(s):
J. M. Rigg (translator)
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
736
Publisher:
Navarre Society Ltd.
Title:
The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio.

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The volumes are structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. Boccaccio probably conceived 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 The 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. This edition was privately printed for the Navarre Society in London and contains 16 hand coloured illustrations from original drawings by Louis Chalon. Beige cloth boards.

Added value:
circa 1930
Author(s):
J. M. Rigg (translator)
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
736
Publisher:
Navarre Society Ltd.
Title:
The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio.

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