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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)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Overall (each vol. (depth variable)): 20.7 x 13.5 x 3.5 cm (8 1/8 x 5 5/16 x 1 3/8 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 red morocco.

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

London [i.e., Paris, Prault]: 1757


Autograph monogram on last leaf of vol. 5 ["ME"?]; Robert D'Arcy, Earl of Holderness; John Wildman; Francis Palmer; acquired in 1907 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