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1582 Boccaccio, Laberinto D'Amore, Venitian printer Giolito rare Italian edition
Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari, Venice 1582 - Boccaccio's last work, sometimes titled The Corbacio (The Crow) or the Labyrinth of Love (Laberinto d'Amore), a controversial 14th century work of the "anti-feminist" movement, although it may simply be Boccaccio's bitter old-age reaction for a life-long inability to find love. Rare, unpopular and condemned throughout history (the Catholic Church banned it in 1631, and a quick scan of the Goodreads modern reviews confirm it is still disliked for its "misogynist" view point). About the Literature The main character introduces his deep and sickening longing for a certain woman. He then falls asleep. In a dream he travels to a thick and thorny hell-like landscape. At this point he meets the guide. "This central (and longest section) of the text contains the whole dialogue between the Narrator and the Guide. After an initial meeting which recalls the encounter between Dante-personaggio and Virgil, the characters converse at length. The Narrator tells his tale of his ill-fated love-affair; the Guide responds with the famous anti-feminist invective, made more entertaining and 'realistic' by the fact that he is revealed to be the Narrator's beloved's dead husband." – Brown University Conclusions are made, as you must imagine. But I won't spoil the conclusion; I will note that the conclusion is. controversial. About the Author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 - 1375) was an Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including The Decameron and On Famous Women. He wrote his imaginative literature mostly in the Italian vernacular, as well as other works in Latin, and is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot. The Physical Book In 24mo size, measuring 12.5 x 7.5 x 1.25 cm. Bound with a leather spine, and marbled paper boards covering paste-boards. The title is, in gilt, is found on the spine along with several other decorations. Collation: Pagination – (1 unnumberd blank) 130 numbered pages, 1 - printer's device, (1 unnumbered blank) There are several decorated initials, borders and printer's devices (one at the title page and a larger one at the rear). Rarity of the Work Worldcat lists one copy in Denmark. European Library lists a copy in the Russian State Library, Austrian National Library and one in the National Library of Rome. Vialibri shows no copies available for purchase. About the Printer Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari (c. 1508 – 1578) was a 16th-century Italian printer active in Venice. He was one of the first major publishers of literature in the vernacular Italian language. Upon his death his sons continued printing. The houses printer's device is a Phoenix with the motto "Semper Eadem", or "Always the Same". Condition of the Book See pictures, I try to represent the book condition in the photos as well as the written description. Leather spine with marbled paper boards. The leather at the joints shows some cracking. I count five wormholes (pin hole size) that go into the spine. There is cracking along the spine,mainly in two lines. Marbled paper boards show shelf wear and soiling although still very pretty. The leather shows through the paper at the spine edge. Along the fore-edge the shelf wear exposes the board corners. Pencil bookseller marks on the paste-down and front free endpaper, dated 1822. Monogram on title page, and possible repair at top of title page. Throughout the work the sprinkling to the edges also marked the top margin. There is intermittent moisture marks throughout, but they are light and do not affect readability and the paper is not adversely affected (not brittle or cockled). Trimming for binding does, on occasion, cut into the commentary in the fore-edge margin. All pages present. Despite its age the book is still a handsome and sturdy example, sure to be a welcomed addition to the shelf. 907 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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