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FREITAG, Arnoldus and Marcus GHEERAERTS the elder (artist and etcher).
Viridarium moralis philosophiae, per fabulas animalibus brutis attributas traditae, iconibus artificiosissimè in aes insculptis exornatum.Cologne, Georg Meuting, 1594 [printed in Antwerp by Christoffel Plantin, 1579]. 4to in 8s. With an engraved title-page (with 3 decorated cartouches) illustrated with about 38 animals, 128 etched and engraved emblematic Aesop fable illustrations (ca. 9.5 x 10 cm), one for each fable: 3 in the preliminaries new to this issue and 125 finely etched, reissued from Plantin's 1579 edition, most drawn and etched by Marcus Gheeraerts. Early 19th-century half tanned sheepskin, sewn on 3 recessed cords but with 6 false bands on the gold-tooled spine, red morocco spine label.
[8], 251, [1 blank] pp.Rare re-issue (with additions) of the first and only early edition of Arnoldus Freitag's Latin prose emblem book, Mythologia ethica, hoc est moralis philosophiae per fabulas brutis attributas traditae amoenissimum viridarium, printed by Plantin (Antwerp, 1579), but with new preliminaries that include a new engraved title-page, illustrated with about 38 animals, and three additional fables, each with an emblematic engraving. The present issue therefore has 128 emblematic Aesop fables, each filling a double-page spread with the title, the fable itself and the briefer explanation of the moral message (linking the fable and illustration) on the left page and the motto, illustration and a relevant quotation from the Bible (Old and New Testament) on the right page.So Aesop's pagan fables were adapted to present and promote Christian morality. The series became very popular and influential, and was copied and imitated many times, influencing great artists like Franz Cleyn, Wenceslaus Hollar and Francis Barlow. Philipp Galle bought the copper plates for Gheeraerts's 107 illustrations in 1571 and probably executed the 18 new etchings that appeared with them in his 1578 Esbatement moral des animaux, French emblematic versions of 125 Aesop fables, edited by Pierre Heyns (1537-1598). The Latin translation/adaptation of this book by Arnoldus Freitag translated and adapted Heyns's 1578 French text, which which Plantin printed and published at Antwerp in 1579, with the same 125 plates.Slightly browned, and some marginal soiling on the first and last leaves a small t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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