Lot 6
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Boccaccio, Giovanni

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  • Boccaccio, Giovanni
  • Des nobles maleureux [translated by Laurent de Premierfait]. Paris: (Nicolas Couteau for Gilles de Gourmont and Jean Petit), 1538
  • Paper
folio (306 x 188mm.), title printed in red and black within woodcut border, woodcut device of Jean Petit at end, woodcut initials, modern vellum, edges slightly frayed, upper corner of last leaf torn with loss of printed foliation, occasional slight dampstaining


Law Society of England and Wales


IA 120.270; Mendham B310

Catalogue Note

Laurent de Premierfait (c. 1380-1418) was perhaps the most significant French translator of the first half of the fifteenth century. He translated Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illustribus twice, in 1400 and 1409; the second translation, used for this edition, takes some liberties with the original text, adding detail to Boccaccio's literary and geographic landscape and indulging in anti-war moralising.