Cento novelle. Das seind Die hundert neüen fabelen oder historien.

Accession number: 
PML 162
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375.
Augsburg : Anton Sorg, 18 October 1490.
[2], erst, ii-CCClxvi leaves : illus. (woodcuts) ; 27 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

88 woodcuts and initials.
Collation: [1]²; a-[tall-s] s-z A-X⁸ Y⁶: 368 leaves.
Colophon (leaf Y6r): Geturckt und vollendet in d[er] keÿserliche[n] stat Augspurg von Anthonio Sorg an de[m] nächβte[n] montag nach Galli. Nach cristi gepurt Tausendt vierhundert und in dem neünczigosten Jar.
Paper format: Chancery folio
PML copy leaf dimensions: 26 x 18.6 cm
PML copy with leaf [1]/1 remargined with modern paper and leaves d8 and Y3 with bottom fore edge corner repaired with missing text added in pencil.
Printed in Sorg's types 3:140G and 4:109G.
Title from half-title page (leaf [1]/1r): Cento novelle. Das seind Die hundert neüen fabelen oder historien so die gesaget seind worden zů einer pestile[n]czischen zeiten.
Translated by Arigo (i.e. Heinrich Schlüsselfelder?). For the translation (also ascribed to Steinhöwel, Leubing or Österreicher) see J.L. Flood in Book Production and Letters in the Western European Renaissance: Essays in Honour of C. Fahy (London, 1986), pp.64-88 and in Hans Sachs and Folk Theatre in the Late Middle Ages (Lewiston, NY, 1995), pp.143-45.

Modern half brown goatskin over paper boards covered with decorated paper (27 x 20 cm), sewn on 5 supports by Duprez-Lahey. Plain paper pastdowns and fly leaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges.

Hand decoration: No rubrication required, woodcut initials not colored. Annotations: No notations in text.

John Thynne, Baron Carteret (1772-1849), round armorial bookplate, 1841; William Morris (1834-1896), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, booklabel (front pastedown); Richard Bennett (1849-1930), armorial bookplate (front pastedown); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.