Alexander Popini. Near Fine. No Jacket. Large 8vo Volume I. xlii, 421 pp, tissue-protected frontis, publishers' note, editor's preface, explanation of the initials appended to the notes, Boaistuau's dedicatory preface reprinted as it appeared in the First French Version of the Heptameron, Boaistuau's not to the reader, gruget's dedicatory preface reprinted as it apperared in the Second French Version of the Heptameron, prologue, First through Third Day: The Tales of the Heptameron, appendices. Volume II. xxi, 464 pp, tissue-protected frontis, The Fourth through the Eighth Day: The Tales of the Heptameron. Limited to 1550 Sets: 1929. "Marguerite de Navarre (French: Marguerite d'Angouleme, Marguerite d'Alençon; (1492-1549), also known as Marguerite of Angouleme and Margaret of Navarre, was the princess of France, Queen of Navarre, and Duchess of Alencon and Berry. She was married to Henry II of Navarre. Her brother became King of France, as Francis I, and the two siblings were responsible for the celebrated intellectual and cultural court and salons of their day in France. The Heptaméron is a collection of 72 short stories written and published posthumously in 1558. It has the form of a frame narrative and was inspired by The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio. It was originally intended to contain one hundred stories covering ten days just as The Decameron does, but at Marguerite's death it was only completed as far as the second story of the eighth day. Many of the stories deal with love, lust, infidelity, and other romantic and sexual matters." Lightly age-toned bottom and fore-text block edge, else, Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Maroon cloth with blue floral borders and blind-stamped family seal on front board, and blue floal pattern with gilt lettering to spine, gilt top text block edge, and decorative endpapers.
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