Il Decamerone

BOCCACCIO, GIOVANN [1313-1375]:  [ Bognummer: 166767 ] Edited by Filippo di Matteo Villani. 5 vols. London [Paris: Prault] 1757. With 5 engraved title pages, engraved frontispiece, 111 very fine engraved plates, and many engraved vignette headpieces and tailpieces, after drawings by Gravelot, Eisehn, Boucher, and Cochin, engraved by Lemire, Legrand, Baquoy and others. 8vo. Well-preserved set with wide margins, bound in nice contemporary full red morocco with marbled endpapers and goldlines on boards and spines, inner ornamental borders and all edges gilt. Bound by Kalthoeber from England. With engraved armorial bookplate of Marquiss of Donegall. Boards with a couple of small dark spots, occasional minor smudges to the margins, other trivial imperfections, but a very clean and fresh contemporary copy inside and out.
First Edition with these Illustrations. One of the most famous and charming illustrated books of the 18th century, 89 of its 222 plates and all 97 of its tailpieces designed by Gravelot. Christian Samuel Kalthoeber, Bookbinder [1775-1817], was born in Germany, he emigrated to London and became apprentice to Baumgarten, to whose business he succeeded in 1782. Kalthoeber became a highly respected and sought-after binder. Catherine Catherine the Great invited him to St Petersburg, but his fortunes declined after 1800. His business was taken over by Frederick Deschlein before 1809, although he continued to work as a binder.
Pris DKK 35.000,00