Deluxe numbered, limited issue of the edition first published by the Folio Society in 1955. Bound in full red Wassa goatskin, blocked to front, rear and spine with a design by Jeff Clements, lettered in gilt to the spine. Pale green endpapers. Printed on Abbey Wove paper. Illustrated throughout with aquatints John Buckland-Wright. Green ribbon bookmark. Top edge gilt. With an additional booklet, 'The Happy Art of Narration: readings of Boccaccio and the Decameron', in pale green wraps sewn with darker green thread, with white title label lettered in green to the front cover. All housed in a green cloth-covered clamshell box lined in pale green, lettered in gilt to the spine. A fine copy, presenting as unread, the binding square and firm, the contents bright and clean throughout.
Limited edition of 1750 hand-numbered copies, printed by the St Edmundsbury Press, Bury St Edmunds and bound by Real Lachenmaier, Germany. This is no. 708. The text used is the 1930 translation by the English modernist poet, Richard Aldington (friend and correspondent of Pound and Eliot, and along with his wife Hilda Doolittle [H. D.] an early exponent of Imagism). The enclosed booklet includes a short selection of passages concerning the Decameron drawn from lectures, poems, and letters by Dryden, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Shelley, and James Leigh Hunt.
Stock code: 21641