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  Boccaccio Writing  
Fall of Princes by John Lydgate
England, probably London, c. 146575

Boccaccio Writing. Fall of Princes, a prose translation and commentary on a work by the fourteenth-century Italian writer Boccaccio, describes the tragedies of various worldly men. In this miniature, Boccaccio is seated at an angled writing desk holding a quill and a penknife to erase mistakes. Three elegantly dressed characters from his story appear before him. A leafy blue face peeks out from the letter below.

Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, MS 439/16, fol. 126

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