LOVELY ILLUSTRATED DELUXE LARGE FOLIO EDITION OF BOCCACCIO’S MASTERPIECE, PUBLISHER’S OWN COPY
(NUYTTENS, Josef Pierre) BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. The Immortal Decameron. New Castle, Pennsylvania: C.B. Randall, 1916. Five volumes. Large, slim folio, publisher's full crushed blue morocco gilt, raised bands, white watered silk doublures, top edges gilt, uncut. $4500.
Beautifully printed and illustrated English translation of The Decameron, one of only 140 sets signed by the publisher C.B. Randall— his own copy— with portrait frontispiece, nine original etchings and 11 large hand-painted initial letters by Josef Nuyttens.
Designated on the title page as the publisher's own copy, bookplate of Mrs. C.B. Randall.
Plate impressions crisp, illuminated letters bright, occasional faint finger marks; joints, spine ends and corners expertly restored. A beautiful set.