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  • Il Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales – Basile – Translated Sir Richard Burton KCMG – First and Limited Edition – 1893

    Il Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales – Basile – Translated Sir Richard Burton KCMG – First and Limited Edition – 1893

    Being a Translation by the Late Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G., of Il Pentamerone;OveroLo Cuntode Li Cunte, Trattenemiento de Li Peccerille, of Giovanni Battista Basile, Count of Torne (Gian Alessio Abbattutis).

    First edition in two volumes published by Henry and Co, London 1893. Published posthumously by his devoted wife Lady Burton.

    A limited edition of 1,500 copies. Two volumes, octavo, 282 pages, [283]-562 pages. Original dark blue (near black) buckram cloth, gilt lettered. Minor rubbing to spine ends. Overall a very good clean set of a sought after Burton work.

    The stories in the Pentamerone were collected by Basile and published posthumously by his sister Adriana in Naples in 1634 and 1636 under the pseudonym Abbatutis. The stories were later adapted by a number of authors including the Brothers Grimm who acknowledged the use of stories in the Pentamerone in Cinderella, Rapunzel, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.

    Basile recorded the stories in Neapolitan and is regarded as the first writer to record the Neapolitan intonations. The style is heavily Baroque with many metaphorical expressions.

    The term Pentameone comes from the Greek “pente” or five and “hemera” day. The work is set within a “frame story” with fifty separate tales being told over the course of five days … referencing Baccaccio’s Decameron of 1353 which has a ten day structure.

    Beautiful stories translated by the genius that was Sir Richard Burton. Limited first edition.

    $240.00

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  • The Week-End Book of Humour – Various selected by P.G. Wodhouse – 1954

    The Week-End Book of Humour – Various selected by P.G. Wodhouse – 1954

    First Edition published by Herbert Jenkins, London in 1954. Octavo, 223 pages in pretty good condition, albeit that the dust jacket is tape repaired and has some sizeable chips and the head and tail of spine.

    As described only to be read at the weekend, or you will suffer a cheesy grin at work all week. Selected by Wodehouse and Meredith and includes the likes of Ogden Nash, Damon Runyon, Leo Rosten (On Groucho Marx with GM’s comments) … and Wodehouse selects one of his own. The odd humorous drawing here and there adds to the frivolity.

    Funny Funny Fun

    $40.00

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