This book is one of those classics that belong in every well-stocked library. The Decameron (subtitle: Prencipe Galeotto) is a collection of 100 tales by Giovanni Boccaccio. It was probably begun in 1350 and finished in 1351/3. It is a medieval allegorical work best known for its bawdy tales of love, appearing in all its possibilities from the erotic to the tragic. Other topics such as wit and witticism, practical jokes and worldly initiation also form part of the mosaic. Beyond its entertainment and literary popularity it remains an important historical document of life in the fourteenth century, and has been influential with later authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer.
The book has numerous sepia illustrations and has rough cut edges. It is in excellent shape, with as flaw a loss of gilt to the title on the spine. Binding is tight. No odor.