Les Facetieuses Nuits de Straparole, Giovanni Francesco Straparola, trans. Jean Louveau, illus. L_on Lebègue. Preface by Jules de Marthold (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1907 #127/800)
9.5″ X 6.25″, 2 vol. lxxxvii+312pp. vi+371pp. 3/4 leather 5 raised bands on spine gilt lettering (mostly worn off), marbled endpapers, gilted top-edge(worn off) others deckled. Many color illustrations. Internal pages and binding good condition, boards in very poor condition, leather is chipping off on spine.
The Facetious Nights of Straparola (1550-1555; Italian: Le piacevoli notti), also known as The Nights of Straparola, is a two-volume collection of 75 stories by Italian author and fairy-tale collector Giovanni Francesco Straparola(c.1480-c.1557). Modelled after Bocaccio’s Decameron, it has participants of a 13-night party in the island of Murano, near Venice, tell each other stories that vary from bawdy to fantastic. It contains the first known written versions of many fairy tales. It would influence later fairy-tale authors like Charles Perrault and Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. This book is a very rare and famous (and famously illustrated) edition. Don’t let the condition of the spine and boards take from the good condition of the internal pages and beautiful color illustrations.