Cy commence Jehan bocace de Certald son livre intitule de la Ruyne des nobles hommes et femmes.

Accession number: 
PML 75112
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375.
Bruges : par Colard Mansion, M.CCCC.lxxvi [1476].
[292] leaves ; 38 x 27 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the special assistance of the Fellows, 1976.

Collation: [1⁸ 2-9¹⁰ 10-11⁸; 12-16¹⁰ 17⁸ 18¹⁰ 19¹⁰(X1 [leaf before 19/1]: force vaincues) 20⁸(+3*: libie tresmarri) 21-22¹⁰ 23¹²; 24-30¹⁰]: 292 leaves, leaves [1]/7-8 and [30]/10 blank.
Colophon (leaf [30]/9v): A la gloire et loenge de dieu et a linstruction de tous a este cestui euvre de bocace de dechiet des nobles hommes et femmes. imprime a Bruges par Colard mansion. Anno .M.CCCC.lxxvi.
Known in 4 issues (A-D); see GW. Copies are known with inserted copper engravings (ISTC).
Paper format: Royal folio.
PML copy is Issue B, with red printed incipit on leaf [1]/1r.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 35.8 x 25.5 cm
PML copy missing 3 leaves: [1]/7-8 and [30]/10 (blanks). Damage to gutter margins repaired/reinforced in quires [1-4] and to leaves [30]/1-9 with some text replaced in pen facsimile.
PML copy with variant collation than in GW/BMC, see Paul Needham's notes in dept. file.
Printed in Mansion's type 1:165G.
The translation is sometimes erroneously ascribed to Pierre Faivre, the copyist of a MS of the later version (BMC).
Title from incipit (leaf [1]/1r], printed in red).
Translated by Laurent de Premierfait.

19th/20th-century blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards (38 x 27 cm), sewn on 5 supports. Plain vellum pastedowns and fly leaves; decorative endbands; sprinkled edges.
Variant Title: 

De la Ruine des Nobles hommes et femmes


Hand decoration: Contemporary brown pen and ink drawing of Adam and Eve visiting Boccaccio in his study (as described in text), surrounded by painted foliate border with a knight in black armor fighting a dragon, a boar with an magpie on its back, and a monkey playing an instrument (leaf [1]/1r); rubricated, interlocking/alternating red and blue lombards (blue are faded), red paragraph marks, and yellow capital strokes. Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

Propser-Louis d'Arenberg (1785-1861), Duke of Arenberg, armorial stamp on binding, inherited by his son: Engelbert-Auguste (1824-1875), without spine label or shelf mark [340]; H.P. Kraus, cat. 80 (1955), no. 60; Emdée Maus (1905-1971), monogram booklabel (front pastedown) and bibliographic notes, 21 Nov. 1966 (rear pastedown); Paul Jammes (Paris); Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased with the special assistance of the Fellows, 1976.