The Decameron, by Boccaccio (Two Volume 1960 Folio Society hardback edition), translated by Richard Aldington
“A seminal work of European literature that has inspired writers from Chaucer to Shakespeare, this Folio Society two volume hardback edition of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron is translated by Richard Aldington.
In the summer of 1348, as the Black Death ravages their city, ten young Florentines take refuge in the countryside. Taken from the Greek, meaning ‘ten-day event’, Boccaccio’s Decameron sees his characters amuse themselves by each telling a story a day, for the ten days of their confinement – a hundred stories of love and adventure, life and death, and surprising twists of fate. Less preoccupied with abstract concepts of morality or religion than earthly values, the tales range from the bawdy Peronella, hiding her lover in a tub, to Ser Cepperallo, who, despite his unholy effrontery, becomes a Saint. The result is a towering monument of European literature and a masterpiece of imaginative narrative.”
Included in our stock lists because it was included in Ken St Andre’s “Basic Bibliography for Dungeon Designers” in Sorcerer’s Apprentice magazine issue 2.