Manus 23: Sermini, Gentile. Novelle. (Italy) Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Item 23
Level of Description


  • 16th c.(?) (Creation)


  • Scope and Contents

    Language: Italian. Date: Unknown ; [16th c. (?)] Title: Novelle. Creator: Sermini, Gentile (15th c.) ; unknown. Place of creation: Italy. Physical description: Paper, 194 numb. leaves, [5 blank leaves] ; 32 x 22 cm. Summary: Sermini was born in Sienna near the beginning of the 15th century, but little else is known of his life. He wrote a collection of 45 tales (novelle) in the manner of Bocaccio, eleven of which were published in 1796 at Livorno in v.1 of the Pogegiali collection, to which the editor added Sermini’s short work on the sport of boxing. These tales have all subsequently been published and many have been translated into English as well, including several in the recent Renaissance comic tales of love, treachery, and revenge, ed. and trans. Valerie Martone and Robert L. Martone (NY: Italica Press, 1994) [PQ4257.E5 R46 1994]. See also Gentile Sermini, Novelle, ed. Giuseppe Vettori (Rome: Avanzini e Torraca, 1968). Note: Folio. Rebound in early 19th c. citron morocco, textured with gilt border ; gilt decoration and title to spine ; gilt edges ; endpapers replaced. Written in a single hand. Letter of the author to Boccaccio (f. 1) ; 40 tales ; 34 poems ; short work Giuoco della pugna (on boxing) intercalated at f. 48 r. Gift of Philip D. Sang, n.d. Call #: Manus 23