[Straparola, Giovanni Francesco ca. 1480 – 1557], Les Facecieuses Nuicts du Seigneur Straparole, Tome I, II, [S.I.], 1726. Translated from the Italian into French by Jean Louveau and Pierre de Larivey, these seventy-five stories told over the course of a thirteen-night party on the Venetian island of Murano (at Carnival time) have served as the inspiration for Shakespeare (Merry Wives of Windsor), Molière, La Fontaine and many others, as Straparola gave us the stories of “Diamonds and Toads,” “Puss-in-Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
In-12, title pages in red and black letters. Vol. I: [i; title page; a1-8, b1; A1-8, B1-4 to T1-8,V1-4; X1-8,Y1-4; Z1-8, (Aa)4 to (Mm)1-8,(Nn)1-4] ; Vol. II: [i; title page; a1-4,A1-8; B1-4,C1-8; toS1-4,T1-8; V1-4,X1-8 to Y1-4,Z1-8; Aa11-4, Bb1-8 to Ll1-4,Mm1-8; Nn1-4; i] Bound in gilt-decorated brown leather, raised bands, spines chipped, hinges scuffed, headband missing from Tome I, silk bookmarks present, bookplate of English historian and chess player, Henry Thomas Buckle (1821-1862), on the front paste down of Tome II. Page edges gilded, pages trimmed, interior very good. Bindings worn but secure. An interesting association copy with Henry Thomas Buckle, a major figure in the positivist movement in historical studies.