Giovanni Boccaccio, The modell of wit [Decameron], Book 1, 1625 Novel 9, 3rd Day (T5 recto), detail

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Date:1625

Description:Ornamental illustration in a Shakespeare sourcebook.

Elizabethan book illustrations are frequently simple woodcuts, although other volumes, such as Jaggard’s Boccaccio use fine engravings. This example of the roundels used on the title page of the Decameron shows country folk telling stories seated around a fountain or well, with gardens and buildings beyond.

Full title: Giovanni Boccaccio, The modell of witt, mirth, eloquence and conversation, translated by J. Florio [The Decameron, book 1], London, Printed by I. Jaggard for M. Lowndes, 1625.
Bound with: Giovanni Boccaccio, The The Decameron...,[Book 2] translated by J. Florio, London, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, 1620.


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