- London: Privately Printed for Members of the Society of Bibliophiles, 1898.
- publisher's green cloth, gilt, top edges gilt
- 399; 359; 401; 315 pages
Price: $225.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 139154
Limited to 1500 sets, of which this is one of 500 sets printed on Japanese Vellum. Contains tissue guards. Untrimmed edges. Minor rubbing to the cloth boards and spines, all four volumes shaken.
A collection of stories by Italian author and fairy-tale collector Giovanni Francesco Straparola. Modeled after Boccaccio's Decameron, it is significant as often being called the first European storybook to contain fairy-tales; it would influence later fairy-tale authors like Charles Perrault and Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Madonna Corsina of Naples sends her son to study at Bologna, where he falls sick and dies. Of a device of his contrived so that his mother may not be over-grieved at his death.