The Pecorone of Ser Giovanni now first translated into English by W. G. Waters. Illustrated by E. R. Hughes, R.W.S.
by Giovanni Fiorentino, Ser, active 14th century / Waters, W. G. (William George), 1844-1928, translator
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London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hard Cover. 312 pages. 'Ser Giovanni's collection, begun in 1378 and finished after 1385, derives its title, Il pecorone, 'the numbskull'-- a title probably not due to the author-- from the fact that so many pecoroni appear in the book. The frame story tells of a chaplain and a nun who on 25 successive days meet in a convent parlor, each telling the other a story each day. About half the stories are fictional; the other half are drawn from the Chronaca of Giovanni Villani. Many of the tales are stupid, but a few are definitely good. The best, that of Giannetto and the Lady of Belmonte, embodies the 'pound of flesh' motif in an excellent plot, from which Shakespeare derived, directly or indirectly, the 'pound of flesh' portion of the plot of The Merchant of Venice' (Wilkins). 110 copies printed of which this is number 95. Printed on 'Japanese vellum.' Good copy, vellum spine soiled, nicked at bottom. Stock#OB312.
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- The Pecorone of Ser Giovanni now first translated into English by W. G. Waters. Illustrated by E. R. Hughes, R.W.S.
- Giovanni Fiorentino, Ser, active 14th century / Waters, W. G. (William George), 1844-1928, translator
- Hughes, E.R. (Edward Robert), 1851-1914
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- Italian Fiction 14th Century
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