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The Nights of Straparola. Volume I and Volume II ; Now first translated into English by W. G. Waters ; Illustrated by E. R. Hughes, A.R.W.S. ; London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1894, hard cover (20 x 30 cm), original plain brown boards with quarter Japanese Vellum, red lettering to spine
***Two hundred and ten copies printed on Japanese Vellum. No. 129***

Volume I: a nice tidy copy (bottom 6cm of paper on rear side of spine split, boards rubbed and edgeworn, content very good), xxvi + 276pp with frontispiece and 9 plates with tissue guards.
Volume II: a nice tidy copy (bottom 4-6cm of paper on sides of spine split, boards rubbed and edgeworn, content very good), ix + 321pp with 9 plates with tissue guards.

The name of Giovanni Francesco Straparola has been handed down to later ages as the author of the “Piacevoli Notti,” and on no other account, for the reason that he is one of those fortunate men of letters concerning whom next to nothing is known. He writes himself down as “da Caravaggio;” so it may be reasonably assumed that he first saw the light in that town…The first edition of the first part of the “Peacevoli Notti” was published at Venice in 1550, and of the second part in 1553.

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