Delle Novelle di Franco Sacchetti. Parte Prima [-Seconda].

SACCHETTI Franco (1724)


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Woodcut ornament on title pages, with ornaments and initials (some historiated) throughout. Greek, Roman and Italic type. 

2 vols. 8vo (200 x 125mm). [8], 49, [1], 238pp. (i.e. 240); [2], 230, [18]pp. Contemporary vellum over pasteboard, spines with five raised bands, gilt-lettered titles in second compartments, contrasting calf(?) labels in third, red edges (vellum slightly discoloured and some wear to extremities, worming at foot of upper joint of first volume).

Florence [Naples?], n.p., 

Handsome copy of the first edition of the collected novelle of Franco Sacchetti (c.1332-1400). Of three editions produced, all dated 1724, this is the true first. Of the original Trecentonovelle, 258 are reproduced here, drawn, as we are told at the end of the final one, from two codices. A practitioner of the novella form, merchant, politician and writer Sacchetti indulged in the ‘vivid narration of day-to-day events and the petty vices of his contemporary Florentines’ (Papio). 

Minor staining and browning throughout.

M. Papio, ‘Novella’, in Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies (Routledge, 2006), 1296-7. Gamba, 849. Parenti, 293. Passano (1864), p.372.

Stock Code: 228195

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