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Boccaccios bawdy tale of a widow in Florence, supposedly satirical revenge on a woman
who refused his advances

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni.
Laberinto damore ... con una epistola à Messer Pino de Rossi confortatoria del medesimo autore.
[Florence, heirs of Filippo Giunta the elder], 1525. 8vo. Contemporary sheepskin parchment with remains of a gold-tooled spine label, dark blue edges. 72 ll.
€ 3,500
Second Giunta edition of the "Corbaccio", which first appeared in 1487 and was first (and similarly anonymously) printed by Filippo Giunta in 1516: "una materiale ristampa di questa edizione, fatta pagina a pagina e riga a riga" (Gamba); "ces deux editions sont assez rares" (Brunet). This bawdy satire, supposedly based on a Florentine widow who turned down Boccaccio, was as popular as it remains controversial for its scurrilous and misogynistic elements. The text is prefixed by a letter from Filippo Giuntas son Bernardo "agli amatori della lingua Toscana"; leaves 57ff. contain Boccaccios letter to Pino di Rossi.
With the engraved bookplate of Lord Robert Spencer (1747-1831), British Whig politician, on the front paste-down. The youngest son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, the hero of the Seven Years War, Lord Robert was the nephew of the politician John Spencer, 5th paternal great grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales, and brother of George Spencer, the great-great-great grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill. Occasional light brown stains and slight traces of worming to the foot margins of the first two leaves, but altogether in very good condition. A charming example of a rare and desirable edition. Adams B2182; Bandini, Juntarum typographiae annales II, 199; Brunet I, 1016; Edit 16, CNCE 6267; Gamba 203 note; Panzer VII, 40f, 219; Renouard, Supplément, p. XLIX, no. 79; WorldCat 612050557; cf. Hayn/Gotendorf I, 398 (citing later Italian eds.); not in BMC STC (Italian).
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