Tales from Sacchetti

London: J. M. Dent, 1908. First edition. Hardcover in full cloth. Octavo in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and glit top edge of textblock. Deckle-edges papers. Heel of spine bumped. Slight wear to edges and corners. Slight soiling to edges of textblock. Small raised area to cloth on back cover. Endpapers show some darkening. Initials and date in ink by former owner on corner of endpaper. A few notes in pencil on last pastedown. 307 p. w/index. The first English translation of many of the shorter stories (Novelle) of Sacchetti, a fourteenth century Florentine diplomat, courtier, poet, and writer. 83 of the 258 (or 223, depending on the source) surviving stories are included here. His stories focus more on middle-class life and are more straightforward than those of Boccaccio. Steegmann was a prolific translator of Italian works in the first quarter or so of the 20th century. Very Good. Item #11294

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