Il Libro di Messer Giovanni Boccaccio...chiamato Il Decameron...

Il Libro di Messer Giovanni Boccaccio...chiamato Il Decameron...
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Chelsea: Shelley House, [1913]-1920. Folio, xi, 360 pp. Printed notes in red or blue, initials by Graily Hewitt in red or blue, text in black Subiaco type. Full red morocco extra, covers panelled in gilt and blind, backstrip lettered in gilt, untrimmed as issued, a very handsome, suitably restrained binding by Donnelly (signed) in a worn and soiled protective pull-off box. Limited to 105 copies on Batchelor paper with bugle watermark. This is an underestimated Ashendene folio surely the equal of its companions though perhaps less cherished for being in Italian. Belle da Costa Greene (quoted by Franklin, p. 132) wrote: “It is the finest piece of modern bookmaking and printing I have ever seen” and Cockerell (per Franklin again) also noted: “It is a truly magnificent volume & without a flaw”. Franklin himself notes: “A curiously neglected volume, excelling simply in design and colour”. The printing for this volume began in October 1913 but was interrupted by World War I. The book was not completed until December 1920. Only 80 copies on paper were offered for sale and another 6 (of an intended ten) copies were printed on vellum. Hornby 29; Franklin p.239. (Item Id: 107828)

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