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THE DECAMERON. The novels and tales of the renowned John Boccacio, the first refiner of Italian prose, containing a hundred curious novels. By seven honourable ladies and three noble gentlemen, framed in ten days.
London, printed for Awnsham Churchill, at the Black Swan at Amen Corner, MDCLXXXIV. [1684].. FIFTH EDITION IN ENGLISH 1684. 4to, approximately 300 x 195 mm, 12 x 7½ inches, LACKS ORIGINAL PORTRAIT, FACSIMILE PORTRAIT ADDED. (The facsimile has the name of Boccacio missing underneath his portrait), decorated initials, divisional title page to the last five days: "The Decameron Containing an Hundred very pleasant Novels" with a dedication page to Sir Philip Herbert Kt. and To the Reader on verso, pages: [16], 208, 221-483, [1], text is continuous despite pagination, catchwords are correct, ornament consisting of two rows of six printers devices on title page, rebound at sometime in half morocco with cloth sides, gilt title to spine, gilt rules between leather and cloth, new endpapers, top edge gilt, OLD INK SIGNATURE OF ELIZABETH HAWKSMOOR TO TITLE PAGE, probably that of the only daughter of the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Pale age-browning throughout, on a few pages the browning is heavy, but all text legible, spotting to margins, title page and last two pages have a small water stain to inner margin, vertical thin pale stain to title page and a small stain to outer edge, tips of corners missing to title page and following page, several pages have tiny closed tears to outer margin neatly repaired, a few other stains and small spots, a few pages have neat underlining, page 39 has a closed tear running into text, repaired, no loss to text, a good copy only. ESTC R2136. There are 2 variant printings, one with 12 flowers in two rows on title page the other with printer's devices in two rows, as ours. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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