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Il Decamerone

Illustrated by Hubert François Gravelot (French, 1699–1773), Illustrated by Charles Eisen (French, 1720–1778), Illustrated by François Boucher (French, 1703–1770), Illustrated by Charles-Nicolas Cochin le fils (French, 1715–1790), Engraved by Jacques Aliamet (French, 1726–1788), Engraved by Jean Charles Baquoy (French, 1721–1777), Engraved by Jean Jacques Flipart (French, 1719–1782), Engraved by Louis Legrand (French, 1863–1951), Engraved by Noël Le Mire (French, 1724–1801), Engraved by Louis Simon Lempereur (French, 1725–1796), Engraved by Catherine Elisabeth (Cousinet) Lempereur (French, born in 1726), Engraved by Jean Jacques André Le Veau (French, 1729–1785), Engraved by Pierre Etienne Moitte (French, 1722–1780), Engraved by Jean Ouvrier (French, 1725–1784), Engraved by Jean Jacques Pasquier (French, died in 1785), Engraved by Pierre (Pitre) Martenasie (Flemish, worked in France, died in 1770?), Engraved by Augustin de Saint-Aubin (French, 1736–1807), Engraved by Dominique Sornique (French, died in 1756), Engraved by Jacques Nicolas Tardieu (French, 1716–1791), Author Giovanni Boccaccio (Italian, 1313–1375), Publisher Prault (French, 18th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 158-59; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 15


Overall (each vol., depth variable): 20.5 x 13.3 x 3.8 cm (8 1/16 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 213 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London [i.e., Paris, Prault]: 1757) Octavo, five vols.; [v. 1] 152 leaves, plus plates; [v. 2] 136 ll., plus pls.; [v. 3] 98 ll., plus pls.; [v. 4] 131 ll., plus pls.; [v. 5] 124 ll., plus pls.; contemporary gilt-stamped mottled brown calf.

Author portrait; engraved titles; illustrations to Boccaccio’s tales; decorative frontispieces and vignettes

London [i.e., Paris, Prault]: 1757


Acquired in 1922 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent