Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio, The; Faithfully translated by J.M. Rigg. With Illustrations by Louis Chalon

Tales of Wit, Practical Jokes, and Life Lessons
Ranging from the Erotic to the Tragic
As Told in Fourteenth Century Florence

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. The Decameron… Faithfully translated by J.M. Rigg. With Illustrations by Louis Chalon. London: Henry F. Bumpus, 1906.

Two octavo volumes (9 11/16 x 6 7/8 inches; 246 x 175 mm.). xxi, 332; xvi, 404 pp. Twelve color plates by Louis Chalon

Bound by Frost & Co., Bath (stamp-signed on front blank) ca. 1960 in full red crushed levant morocco, covers double-ruled in gilt, spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, gilt board-edges, gilt turn-ins, Cockerel endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine set.

The Decameron is a collection of novellas by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375).
The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. Boccaccio probably conceived The Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353. The various tales of love in The Decameron range from the erotic to the tragic. Tales of wit, practical jokes, and life lessons contribute to the mosaic. In addition to its literary value and widespread influence (for example on Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales), it provides a document of life at the time. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose.

Louis Chalon (1866- 1940) was born in Paris. He studied with Jules Lefevre and Boulanger, and exhibited vast classically inspired paintings in the Salons of the Societe des Artistes Francais where he was awarded an Honorable Mention in 1885, another one in 1898, a Third Class Medal in 1891 and an Honorable Mention at the Expositions Universelles of 1889 and 1900.

He supplied many illustrations to the periodicals La Vie Parisienne, L’Illustration and Figaro Illustre, as well as illustrating several books, including works by Rabelais, Bobbaccio, and Balzac. Item #03133

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