In the summer of 1348, as the Black Death ravages their city, ten young Florentines take refuge in the countryside. They amuse themselves by each telling a story a day for the ten days they are destined to remain there—a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fate. Less preoccupied with abstract concepts of morality or religion than with earthly values, the tales range from the bawdy Peronella hiding her lover in a tub to Ser Cepperello, who, despite his unholy effrontery, becomes a Saint. The result is a towering monument of European literature and a masterpiece of imaginative narrative.
The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio – Jean de Bosschere 1930
Garden City Publishing, NY 1930
First Edition, Illustrated
First edition with illustrations by Jean de Bosschere. Many full-page colour & B/W plates Art Deco Style heightened in gold. Spine sunned, gilt lettering faded. Binding tight, interior fine. Overall a Good or better copy.