Boccaccio on Poetry Author:Boccaccio, Charles G. Osgood (Editor) The full title of this book is "Boccaccio on Poetry: Being the Preface and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Books of Boccaccio's Genealogia Deorum Gentilium". — This is an English version with introductory essay and commentary by Charles G. Osgood, originally published in 1930 by Princeton University Press and republished in the Bobbs-Merrill ... more »series The Library of Liberal Arts in 1956.
From Charles Osgood's preface to the 1930 edition: "I have undertaken in these pages to make more accessible and, I hope, more intelligible the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Books of Boccaccio's Genealogia Deorum Gentilium. They have been so often described in histories of literature and related works, that one need not again assert their importance in the history of humanism. But no one has yet fully measured their strong determinant influence upon the poetry, criticism, and scholarship of later times.
"... The translation is based upon Hecker's text as published in his Boccaccio-Funde, Brunswick, 1902, from an autograph which embodies Boccaccio's latest known revisions of the text.The so-called Vulgate text, which is the text of all other manuscripts and editions, is earlier.
"I have not attempted a closely literal rendering. It has often been necessary to disregard the limits of Bocaccio's sentences, or to resort to something like paraphrase, in order to convey more of the meaning as well as the quality of the original."« less