1572 · In Fiorenza
Neatly printed collection of French-, Provençal-, and Italian-inspired stories primarily edited by Carlo Gualteruzzi, with four other stories edited by Vincenzo Borghini and an introduction for "alli studiosi della lingua Toscana" by Filippo and Jacopo Giunti. Considered by Dionisotti to be the first critical edition of an ancient text of Tuscan prose, this "nuovo ricorrette" edition comes after the first of 1525. Brunet notes of this edition that "l'auteur a réformé l'orthographe de celle de 1525," and Gamba points out the two have varying content — that this printing features => four new tales not found in the first edition. Boccaccio is believed to have borrowed the "Three Rings" story for his Decameron.
The text is printed in single columns of roman and italic font with initials of varying decorative quality and size, some historiated, with different Giunta devices present on the title- and final pages.
Binding: Rich green morocco, spine stamped and lettered in gilt with compartmental fleurons, covers framed and panelled in blind double fillets with gilt decorative corner stamps, board edges with single gilt fillet, turn-ins with decorative gilt rolls, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. => Signed binding by Capé, name camouflaged in lower front turn-in.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
EDIT 16 CNCE 47120; Adams G1358; Gamba, Serie dei testi di lingua e di altre opere importanti nella italiana letteratura scritte dal secolo XIV al XIX (4th ed.), 687; Brunet, I, 1737. Bound as above, moderately rubbed especially corners and spine. Light pencilling on endpapers and one blue crayon mark over a numbered stamp with another stamp at back; provenance as above, old oval rubber-stamp (imperfect) on two leaves of text. Two small marginal paper flaws; leaves with a few instances of light marginal waterstaining or the occasional spot and light age-toning generally. => An elegant production, an attractive volume. (Inventory #: 37997)