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Phaedri, Augusti Caesaris liberti, fabularum Aesopiarum libri quinque; notis perpetuis illustrati, & cum integris aliorum observationibus in lucem editi a Johanne Laurentio Jcto.
1667. Amsterdam: Johannem Janssonium & Viduam Elizei Wyerstraet, 1667. 8vo, engraved title (trimmed at foot touching the imprint), (62), 1-462, (blank leaf), index (204)pp. With 103 engraved plates in the text most 1/4 or 1/3 page. 18th-century polished calf, panelled covers, red morocco label and shelf mark on backstrip. Large armorial bookplate of Washington Sewallis Earl Ferrers, probably bound for him. § First illustrated edition of Phaedrus to be published in the Netherlands and the first edition edited by Laurentius. It contains the text of 92 Phaedrus fables with extensive annotations (the first edition of 1596 had only 64 fables). In this copy the plates to pages 133, 194 and 205 are not the cancellanda (i.e. have not been cancelled). Also Landwehr records that the 'brothel scene' on page 276 has often been defaced or removed, but is untouched in this copy. Landwehr, F143. Phaedrus (15 BC - AD 50, Italy), was a "Roman fabulist, the first writer to Latinize whole books of fables, producing free versions in iambic metre of Greek prose fables then circulating under the name of Aesop." (Ency. Brit.).
Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller [U.S.A.]

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