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BOCCACCIO – MANNELLI D’AMARETTO. Il Decameron...

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BOCCACCIO, Giovanni - MANNELLI D'AMARETTO, Francesco. The Decameron. [Lucca, from the presses of J. Giusti], 1761. 4to large; 265x200 mm; Half-leather binding with marbled paper-covered boards, manuscript title on spine gusset and red splash cuts; pp. XXXVI, cc. 373. Intaglio portrait of the Author on the antiporta, copper-engraved frontispiece; present between p. VIII and IX of the preface, fold-out table with genealogy of Francesco di Amaretto Mannelli and full-page copper-engraved portrait of the same after p. XX. At end of preface and in colophon typographical mark of Filippo Giunta and heirs. Copper-engraved table with facsimile of the original medieval manuscript. Ex-libris by Francis John Davies on the counterplate. Fine specimen with wide margins. Beautiful and rare edition, highly esteemed and quoted by the Academicians of the Crusca and by Foscolo "those liberal literati won the most daring among how many novels were ever attempted by the art of typography" (Gamba, 172 and 187). Reprint of the 1527 Mannellian Decameron, called Ventisettana, edited by Pier Antonio Guadagni with the assistance of Angelo Maria Bandini, to correct various errors in the earlier ones. Made to be printed in Lucca in 1761, finally corrected, it is to be considered the most faithful to the Mannellian original and also to that of Boccaccio. Bacchi della Lega, Bibliogr. Boccaccesca, 51-2: "Questa celebre edizione.si raccomanda per la legittimità del testo"; "Gamba, 187: "esteatissima edizione"; Razzolini, 64; Brunet, Manuel du libraire, v. 2 col. 1003; Passano, I novellieri italiani in prosa, 2. ed. v. 1 p. 89. "Edition due to march. Pier Antonio Guadagni who had it executed in Lucca, with the assistance ... of the con. Angelo Maria Bandini and perhaps also of Msgr. Giov. Bottari ... Variants of the 1527 edition are placed at the foot of the page. Passano, I novellieri italiani in prosa..., 2. ed., pt. 1, p. 89." (NUC, vol. 62, p. 444). Large 4to; 265x200 mm; Quarter leather binding with marbled cardboards, handwritten title on spine, red speckled edges; Pp. XXXVI, Leaves 373. Portrait of the Author on the frontispiece, Title page engraved on copper; folded plate with genealogy of Francesco di Amaretto Mannelli between p. VIII and IX of the preface and portrait of Mannelli engraved on copper on full page after p. XX. At the end of the preface and in the colophon, printer's mark of Filippo Giunta and heirs. Copper engraved plate with facsimile of the original medieval manuscript. Ex-Libris by Francis John Davies on the inside cover. Nice copy with wide margins. Beautiful and rare edition, highly esteemed and mentioned by the Accademici della Crusca and by Foscolo "que' letterati liberali vincevano la più ardita fra quante pruove furono mai tentate dall'arte tipografica" (Gamba, 172 and 187). Reprint of Mannelli's Decameron of 1527, called Ventisettana, edited by Pier Antonio Guadagni with the assistance of Angelo Maria Bandini, to correct the various errors in the previous ones. Printed in Lucca in 1761, definitively corrected, it is to be considered the most faithful to Mannelli's original and also to that of Boccaccio. Bacchi della Lega, Bibliogr. Boccaccesca, 51-2; Brunet, Manuel du libraire, v. 2 col. 1003; Gamba, 172 and 187; Passano, I novellieri italiani in prosa, 2. ed. v. 1 p. 89; Razzolini, 64.