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    A Beautiful Gravelot Decameron

    Giovanni Boccaccio. Le Decameron de Jean Boccace. Londres [Paris, chez Pierre Prault], 1757-1761. Five octavo volumes. Text in French. Illustrated with engraved titles and a portrait of Boccaccio by Gravelot, and 110 plates, and ninety-seven tail-pieces after Gravelot, Boucher, Cochin and Eisen, engraved by Aliamet, Baquoy, Flipart, Legrand, Lemire, Lempereur, etc. The majority of the work was designed by Gravelot, and this remains arguably his finest effort. Bound in full contemporary calf with later morocco red and green spine labels. Spines elaborately gilt in compartments; boards with gilt rules and corner devices and all edges gilt. The surface of the calf is flaked and the tips are rubbed, else a bright, solid set. The engravings are bright and sharp with only very minor foxing at the peripheries of a few pages. Each volume with the label of bookseller Matthias Fontaine and an engraved armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. An unusually fresh set and a milestone in French eighteenth-century engraving.


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    October, 2013
    17th Thursday
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