Londres (i.e., Paris: Pierre Prault): 1757-1761. 5 volumes, bound in blue quarter smooth morocco (demi chagrin) and marbled boards and endpapers; spine lettered and decorated in gilt. 8vo. 13 x 21 cm. Printed on Dutch laid paper (Hollande). A high point of 18th Century book illustration. Cohen, p.70; Brunet, I, p.1007.
The imprint is false, actually published in Paris by Pierre Prault. Text in French, using the same illustrations as the Itlalian text version of the same year. Illustrated throughout with engravings after Gravelot, Boucher, Cochin and Eisen, engraved by Aliamet, Baquoy, Flipart, Legrand, Lemire, Lempereur, and others; including a portrait of Boccaccio by Gravelot; chapter heads, vignettes; 110 plates, collated 22 per volume, most with tissue guards. Leather discolored; wear to spine ends, edges, and corners; boards rubbed; remnant of book plate front pastedowns; occasional light to moderate foxing, even tanning of text pages, but plates very clean, with a small number in light pencil in upper leading corners of wide margins; occasional light to moderate offset to text pages from vignettes, chapter heads. Binding is tight.
Ouvrage composé d'un portrait, de 5 frontispices, 110 gravures et 97 culs de lampe par Gravelot, Boucher et Eisen. Item #51-2094