De la Ruine des Nobles hommes et femmes (Of the ruin of noble men and women)

1476
Master of the Boccaccio Illustrations (Netherlandish, 1470–1490), Author Giovanni Boccaccio (Italian, 1313–1375), Printer and Publisher Colard Mansion (Netherlandish, 1440–1484)


Place of Publication: Bruges, Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Goff B-711(C); BMC IX 132; GW 4432

Dimensions

Overall: 38.3 x 29 x 8 cm (15 1/16 x 11 7/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

32.458

Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with nine hand-colored engravings

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Illustrated books

(Bruges: Colard Mansion, 1476) Folio; 290 leaves; modern armorial gilt-stamped brown morocco binding (Orrock & Son, Edinburgh, 1871).

Illustrations:
Boccaccio presenting his book to Cavalcanti; Boccaccio interviewing Adam and Eve; King Saul and the Dead Man; The Conflict between Fortune and Poverty; Marcus Manlius Capitolinus thrown into the Tiber; Death of Regulus; Death of Caisu Marius Apinates; Humiliation of the Emperor Valerian by the Persian King; Execution of Queen Brunhilde


(Bruges: Colard Mansion, 1476) Folio; 290 leaves; modern armorial gilt-stamped brown morocco binding (Orrock & Son, Edinburgh, 1871).
Published in the prosperous Flemish town of Bruges, this is the earliest known printed book illustrated with engravings, which were printed separately and pasted into the volume. In this copy (the finest and most complete surviving example), the engravings were also colored by hand. The text, written in the later fourteenth century by Giovanni Boccaccio, consists of a series of imaginary interviews with celebrated sufferers of misfortune. Translated from the original Latin into French in the fifteenth century, the book was admired throughout Europe.

Provenance

Sir Schomberg-Henry Kerr, Marquess of Lothian; January 27-28, 1932, Marquess of Lothian sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 46, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 4, 1932)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund