Delle Opere

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Delle Opere.

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BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Delle Opere Firenze: [n.p], 1723-4.

8vo., 6 vols; full vellum with contrasting red and black morocco labels gilt to spine; speckled edges; woodcut vignette to title; some titles printed in black and red; with woodcut initials, head and tailpieces throughout text; some wear and stains to boards; light scattered foxing to the prelims; the odd splash and ink mark, for the most part not affecting the text; internally generally clean and tight; a few small unobtrustive ink annotations to the endleaves, some pages a little more toned than others, with the odd crease; very good, with a couple of loose contemporary or near-contemporary notes written in ink inserted.
One of the most reputed , and rare editions of the works of Giovanni Boccaccio, dedicated to Lord Abbot D. Niccolo Giovo of Genoa.
Italian writer, poet and correspondent of Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio was born in the town of Certaldo, and is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the European Literature during the period of the fourteenth century. Along with his most famous work The Decameron, Boccaccio wrote mostly in the Tuscan vernacular. His works became influential not only in the Italian cultural scene, but extended to the rest of Europe, exerting influence on authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, and later Miguel de Cervantes. He is now remembered, along with with Dante Alighieri and Petrarch, as of the so-called "Three Crowns" of Italian literature, as well as one of the precursors of Humanism, of which he helped lay the foundations in the city of Florence.
Including 'Il Filocopo' ('The Philosopher'), 'La Fiammetta' ('The Flame'), 'Commedia Delle Ninfe' ('Comedy of the Nymphs'), along with a commentary on Dante's Divine Comedy, and transcriptions of the author's own letters.