Combining a study of both manuscripts and early printed books of the
Teseida, Decameron and De mulieribus claris, Rhiannon Daniels offers a
comprehensive picture of the reading process and the reception of Boccaccio's
selected works during the gradual shift from manuscript to printed
culture. Her contribution challenges the traditional method of evaluating
Boccaccio's reception, which relies mainly on critical evidence. She instead
adopts an approach based on the analysis of material and para textual evidence,
since all the areas of presentation discussed refer to the verifiable
data presented in the Appendices. This emphasis characterizes the method
broadly defined by Daniels as a ;'book-historical" approach (1), which illustrates
the dynamic interchange between the producers of the text (such
as the author, scribe, printer or editor) and the reader during Boccaccio's
successful but complex reception.