Le livre de Jehan bocasse de la louenge et vertu nobles et cleres dames tra[n]slate [et] i[m]prime novelleme[n]t a paris.

Accession number: 
PML 504
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375.
Imprime a Paris : par Anthoine Verard, xxviii. iour davril mil quatre cens quatre vingtz et treize [28 April 1493]
[144] leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 28 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title from half-title page, leaf a1r.
Imprint from colophon, leaf t5v: Cy finist Bocace des nobles et cleres femmes imprime a paris ce xxviii. iour davril mil quatre cens quatre vingtz [et] treize par Anthoine verard libraire demourant a paris sur le pont nostre dame a lymage saint iehan levangeliste/ ou au palai[s] au premier pillier devant la chappelle ou on cha[n]te la messe de messeigneurs les presidens.
Printed in Vérard's types 3:117G and 3**:119G.
Signatures: a-n⁸ o-p⁶ q-r⁸ s-t⁶: 144 leaves.
Paper format: Chancery folio.
80 illustrations from 11 woodcuts. Some copies (e.g. Torino N and vellum copies at London and Paris) have spaces left for painted miniatures in place of the cuts.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 27 x 19.2 cm.

Modern blind-tooled full brown goatskin over paper boards (28 x 20 cm), in case binding by Duprez-Lahey. Marbled paper pastedowns and endleaves, with plain paper endleaves (preserved from previous binding); decorative endbands; gilt edges.
Variant Title: 

Nobles et cleres dames


Hand decoration: Rubrication unrealized. Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

Unidentified inscription, abraded: "Che livre aperti[??] a anthoine de Cestet(?) demourant [???]," 15th century (leaf a1r); Paris, Minims, inscription: "du Convent des minimes de Paris," 18th century (leaf a1r); Louis César, duc de La Vallière (1708-1780); his sale, Paris, 1783, lot 5610; Michael Wodhull (1740-1816), inscription, 22 Aug 1784 (front endleaf 1 recto), purchased at Valliere sale for "about" £0.8.10, through inheritance to his sister-in-law: Mary Ingram, who left it in 1824 to Samuel Amy Severne; J.E. Severne and Wodhull sale, Sotheby's London, 11 January 1886, lot 435 (includes glued-in print) for £11.0.0; unidentified shelf mark: L.2.14 (front endleaf 1 recto); William Morris (1834-1896), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, booklabel (front pastedown) and bibliographic notes by Sydney Cockerell, tipped-in (rear pastedown); Richard Bennett (1849-1930), purchased Morris's library in August 1896, armorial bookplate (front pastedown) and bibliographical notes: No. 245, 30/12/96 and price code: em/-/- +___, exchanged that copy (with leaf a1 in facsimile) for this, 14 June 1897, price code: ym/-/- (front endleaf 1 verso); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.