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Based on first illustrated humanistic edition, illustrated with woodcuts after Bernard Salomon

AESOP. Aesopi Phrygis Fabulae, elegantissimis iconibus veras animalium species ad ivum adumbrantibus. Gabriae Graeci fabellae XLIII. [Greek: Batrachomyomachia] Homeri, hoc est, ranarum & murium pugna. [Greek: Galeomyomachia], hoc est, felium & murium pugna, fabla Graeca. Haec omnia cum Latina interpretation. Accesserunt Avieni antique auctoris fabulae. Editio postrema, ceteris castigatior.
[Genève or Lyon], Jean de Tournes, 1619. 2 volumes bound as 1. 16mo. With the woodcut portrait of Aesop in a roundel on the title-page and 61 woodcuts (ca. 3.5 x 4.5 cm) in the text, illustrating the fables of Aesop, most after Bernard Salomon, but 22 from another series. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Text in two columns: Greek (left) and Latin (right).
[With:] 2) THEOGNIS and others. [Greek text] Theognidis, Phocylidis, Pythagorae, Solonis & aliorum Poemata gnomica ... Opera Friderici Sylbrgii. Utrecht, Johannes I Janssonius van Waesberge, 1651. 12mo. With printers device on title-page and some woodcut initials. Contemporary overlapping vellum. 410, [6]; [8], 168 pp. Full description
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Very rare Rouen Aesop in French prose and verse, with 185 woodcuts (new in 1756?) in a popular style

AESOP. Fables, mises en François, avec le sens moral, en quatre vers, & des figures à chaque fable. Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée & augmentée de la vie d'Esope, avec figures & les quatrains de Benserade. Dédiée a la jeunesse.
Rouen, Richard Lallemant "Imprimeur ordinaire du Roi", 1768. Sm. 8vo. Woodcut frontispiece with a portrait of Aesop walking in the fields, 184 woodcut illustrations (27 for Aesop's life and 157 for the fables, plus repeats). Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine with red label, red edges. (8), C, 314 (10) pp. Full description
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Phaedrus's Latin verse versions of 94 Aesop fables

AESOP. Phaedri Augusti liberti fabularum Aesopiarum libri V. Et novarum fabularum appendix. Cura et studio Petri Burmanni. Editio septima.
Berlin, Gottlieb August Langius, 1767. 12mo. With woodcut vignette on title-page and some woodcut head- and tailpieces.Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine. XVI, 98, [112] pp. Full description
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First complete illustrated edition of 532 Aesop fables

AESOP. (Francois Joseph DESBILLONS, comp.). Fabulae Aesopiae, curis posterioribus, omnes fere, emandatae, accesserunt plus quam CLXX nova; tum etiam observations, grammaticae praesertim, complures, et Index copiosus, nec desunt ... Hominum et pecudum figurae elegantes.
Mannheim, Typis Academicis, 1768 [colophon: 1767]. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a frontispiece and 15 engraved plates by Egid Verhelst (1733-1804). Contemporary vellum with spine label, red edges. [2], 58, 290, [2], 291-615 pp. Full description
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Greatly expanded edition of Aesop's fables by the classical scholar Joachim Camerarius

AESOP. Fabulae Aesopicae plures quingentis et aliae quaedam narrationes, cum historia vitae fortunaeque Aesopi, compositae studio & diligentia Joachimi Camerarii Pabe[bergensis]. Quibus additae sunt et Livianae & Gellianae ac aliorum quaedam ...
Leipzig, (colophon: Ernest Vögelin, 1570). 8vo. With Vögelins woodcut device on title-page (scrollwork cartouche with a crucifixion - with a bird representing the Holy Spirit - on the arc of the covenant, and symbols of the 4 Evangelists in the corners) and 4 woodcut initials (2 series) with pictorial decoration. Blind-tooled red vellum. [25], [1 blank], 342, 349-513, [32], [1 blank] pp. Full description
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One of the early illustrated Italian editions of the "Aesopus Dorpii"

AESOP. Aesopi Phrygis, et aliorum fabulae. Quorum nomina sequens pagella indicabit. Elegantissimis iconibus in gratiam studiosae iuventutis illustratae ... Cum indice locupletissimo.
Venice, Niccolò Polo, 1592. 12mo. With printers device with ornamental frame on title-page and 187 small woodcut illustrations. Contemporary limp vellum, rebound with modern endpapers. 282, [6] pp. Full description
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Prose and verse fables, and some of the earliest European combed marbled paper, in an armorial binding for William the Silent?s son-in-law

AESOP & BABRIUS. Aesopi Phrygis fabulae elegantissimis eiconibus veras animalium species ad vivum adumbrantes. Gabriae Graeci fabellae lxiv [recté lxiii]. Haec omnia cum Latina interpretatione. Nunc postremùm excusa & accuratè recognita.
Paris, Jean Libert, 1623. 16mo. With a woodcut decoration on the title-page and woodcut decorated initials in the text.Contemporary French gold-tooled calf, sewn on 2 supports, each board with the coat-of-arms of Henri de La Tour (1555-1623), Duc de Bouillon and Prince of Sedan, who married the daughter of William the Silent, founding father of the Dutch Republic (with a French Ducal crown, the whole in a wreath of 2 laurel branches with berries), the flat spine divided into 4 fields, each with a central decoration, gilt edges. Marbled paste-downs (fine-toothed combed pattern in red, blue and white). [2], 236, [1] pp. Full description
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Aesop edited by Heisius and illustrated by Van Sichem, in a prize-binding with the Amersfoort arms

AESOP. Fabulae ... Graecè & Latinè, nunc denuo selectae: eae item quas Avienus carmine expressit. Accedit Ranarum & murium pugna, Homero olim asscripta. Cum elegantissimis in utroque libello figuris, & utriusque interpretatione plurimis in locis emendata.
Leiden, Joannes Maire, 1632. 8vo. With 47 woodcut illustrations (5 x 6.5 cm) by Christoffel van Sichem II in the text. Contemporary vellum, each board with a panel stamp (59 x 50 mm) of the Amersfoort coat of arms. Most endpapers later. 158, [2] pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Rare edition of Landi's Italian translation of Aesop's fables and life

AESOP. (Giulio LANDI, translator). Vita di Esopo Frigio ... Alquale di nuovo sono aggiunti le favole del medesimo Esopo, con molte altre d'alcuni elevati ingegni, ascendentia all somma di 400.
Trevigi, Girolamo Righettini, 1643. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo. With 137 small woodcuts in text illustrating the fables, including some repeats. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. 413, [19], [5 blank] pp. Full description
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Very rare Rouen Aesop edition, with 119 engravings, 4 signed by Marie Briot

AESOP. Les fables dEsope Phrygien. Traduction nouvelle. Illustrée de discours moraux, philosophiques & politiques, par J. Baudoin. Avec les figures en taille douce.
Rouen, Jean and David Berthelin, 1659. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece (a king with an armillary sphere, surrounded by a mixed crowd, looking down on more than a dozen animals, with a blank cartouche at the foot, but the title and translator in the head of the plate), a full-page engraved portrait of Aesop with animals, and 117 (of 118) full-page numbered engravings for the 118 numbered fables, some signed by Marie Briot, all engravings on integral leaves. With woodcut headpieces, tailpieces and decorated initials.Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1700?), gold-tooled title on the smooth spine. [20], 132, [8], 79, 90-109, 100-638 pp. (lacking 355-356). Full description
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