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Aesop. Phaedrus.
Phaedri, Aug. Liberti Fabularum Aesopiarum Libri V. Notis illustravit in usum serenissimi principis Nassauii David Hoogstratanus.
1701. Amsterdam: Typographia Francisci Halmae, 1701. 4to, engraved general title, letterpress red & black title page with allegorical engraved vignette. 18 full-page copper-engraved plates by Jan van Vianen, each featuring six circular images, and 38 in-text reproductions, engraved decorative initials, and head- and tailpieces. With the oversize fold-out engraved portrait of Joannes Gulielmus, Prince of Nassau. Later polished calf c.1750, headcap repaired, upper hinge repaired. § 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.). This de luxe edition was especially created for the Prince of Nassau, profusely illustrated with fine engravings. Dibdin spoke highly of it in his Greek and Latin Classics (4th edition): "I have always considered this as a correct and very sumptuous edition. It is ornamented with a great number of small plates, or medallions, in which the subject of the fable is very ably and spiritedly executed. The type is peculiarly rich and bold, and is hardly equalled by any Dutch edition of a classic." (p. 285). Landwehr F163.
Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller [U.S.A.]

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