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The fables of Esop, in English. VVith all his life and fortune, how hee was subtill, wise, and born in Greece, not far from Troy the great, in a towne named Amonio. He was of all other men most deformed, and evill shapen: for he had a great head, a larg visage, long iawes, sharp eyes, a short necke, crooke-backed, great belly, great legs, larg feet. And yet that which was worse he was dumb, and could not speake but notwithstanding this, he had a singular wit, and was very ingenious and subtill in cavillations, and pleasant in words, after he came to his speech. Whereunto are added the Fables of Avian: and also the Fable of Alphonce, with the Fables of Poge the Florentine, very pleasant to be read.
1647. London: printed by F.B. for Andrew Hebb, at the signe of the Bell in St. Pauls Church-Yard, 1647. Slim small 8vo, [2], 182, [8] pp., with signatures H and J transposed (i.e. bound out of order). Later (c. 1820) calf, more recently rebacked. Bookplate of Francis Freeling. Internally good, title-page and first and last leaf stained, occasional minor soiling, small worm trail in the top margin of the last few leaves. § A truly rare book, with a distinguished provenance. The book is printed in black letter and a previous owner (perhaps Freeling) has noted at the front in ink "I consider this to be a book of very great rarity. It is said to be Caxton's translation tho not a faithful represnt [sic]". The last recorded copy sold was the Moncure Biddle copy in 1952. No other copies currently recorded anywhere, though the 1647 edition is in Lowndes, the Britwell handlist, and NCBEL. BL, Bodleian, Harvard, Yale, UCLA. PML recently added a copy not noted in ESTC. ESTC R30670.
Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller [U.S.A.]
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