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Giraldi, Giambattista
DE GLI HECATOMMITHI. MONTE REGALE: LIONARDO TORRENTINO, 1565
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 3,500 USD
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310
Giraldi, Giambattista
DE GLI HECATOMMITHI. MONTE REGALE: LIONARDO TORRENTINO, 1565
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 3,500 USD
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Giraldi, Giambattista
DE GLI HECATOMMITHI. MONTE REGALE: LIONARDO TORRENTINO, 1565
2 volumes, 8vo (6 1/8 x 4 1/8 in.; 155 x 100 mm). Woodcut titles, woodcut portraits of Giraldi, decorative woodcut initials, 16 leaves of of neat contemporary manuscript; minimal marginal staining to a few leaves. Late 16th century full calf, spine with raised bands in six compartments, gilt titles and text to second and third, others with repeat overall decoration in gilt, all edges speckled in red; some chips to spines.
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Literature

Adams (G 704); Brunet II, 1608 

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION. "The source for Othello is Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi. As the same collection contains a version of the story which provided the plot of Measure to Measure, and as that play was written about the same time as Othello, Shakespeare was presumably scanning Cinthio's book in his search for plots in the early years of the seventeenth century...in reading Cinthio's tale, he would have felt challenged by the magnitude of the difficulties involved in making a tragedy from it, but he would nevertheless have found several hints in the tale itself how the subject might be treated" (Kenneth Muir, The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays).  

With the binding being near contemporary, it would seem that the manuscript leaves bound in represent the remedy of an original fault, with it likely that these two gatherings were out of stock when this copy was issued. 

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