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Fabularum Aesopiarum libri quinque; notis perpetuis illustrati, & cum integris aliorum observationibus. in lucem editi à Johanne Laurentio
Amsterdam: Apud Johannem Janssonium à Waesberge & viduam Elizei Weyerstraet, 1667. First illustrated edition in the Netherlands. Additional engraved allegorical title-page by Chr. Hagens. and 103 large engraved ignettes in the text. [64], 462, [206] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Full contemporary vellum (slightly soiled), edges sprinkled red. Approximately 20 leaves affected by dark stain at inner margin in Index, otherwise an attractive copy, text and illustrations quite fresh. First illustrated edition in the Netherlands. Additional engraved allegorical title-page by Chr. Hagens. and 103 large engraved ignettes in the text. [64], 462, [206] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. First Illustrated Dutch Edition. Fine copy of this first illustrated Dutch edition of Phaedrus, the 1st centry A.D. freed slave who rendered Aesop into Latin verse. The charm of his verses had a certain popular impact ithrough the 16th aand 17th centuries, and numerous edition appeared, especially tailored for younger readers. Phaedrus was "not a very creative artist, yet in the history of the fable he occupies an important place" (Oxford Classical Dictionary). The fine, profusely illustrated edition is the first in the Netherlands to be illustrated. Landwehr F143, Hobbs, Fables: Five Hundred Years of Illustration and Text, 14
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