Giovanni Boccaccio (translator Giuseppe Betussi) - Geneologia Degli Dei - 1547

Giovanni Boccaccio (translator Giuseppe Betussi) - Geneologia Degli Dei - 1547
Bindings, History, Literature, Religion, Classical Mythology - Quantity: 1 - Woodcut illustration and initials - Book

We are delighted to present this stunning first-edition of Betussi’s Italian translation of Boccaccio's De Genealogiis Deorum Gentilium, including a full-page family tree woodcut and hundreds of woodcut initials. Bound in vellum, this work is in extremely good condition.

The Genealogia was written in about 1360 by Giovanni Boccaccio, the Italian writer, poet, and Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio’s genealogy of the pagan gods and his interpretation of antique mythology was the first medieval era book to study classical mythology. Split into fifteen books, this work is considered one of the first Humanist documents.

Guiseppe Betussi (1520-1575), the foremost Boccaccio scholar of his day, was a writer and poet best known for his themes on love. He translated Boccaccio’s Latin work, and indexed it, adding a biography.

Overall, this book presents a most pleasing appearance as well as being a fascinating artefact in the history of Humanism.

Complete. Leaves [8]+286+[18}. 1 full-page woodcut; colophons and woodcut initials.
Old vellum binding, not contemporary (probably from around 1700). Full vellum, in very good condition for age. Slightly darkened, some scuffs and marks. Not warped. Some creasing at head/tail of spine. Old ink lettering to spine.
2 bookplates from Marbury Hall to FPD (this copy went straight from Marbury Hall into a private collection). Internally some early ink notes, and small insect damage to margins. Stains and marks, including water staining- see images. Some binding splits.

As pictured.

Lot details
Number of Books
Bindings, Classical Mythology, History, Literature, Religion
Author/ Illustrator
Giovanni Boccaccio (translator Giuseppe Betussi)
Book Title
Geneologia Degli Dei
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition Thus
Original language
Venice: Al Segno del Pozzo (for Comino da Trino di Monferrato)
Binding/ Material
Woodcut illustration and initials
20.5×16.5 cm
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