Lot 3 of 338:
Rare illustrated Aesop's Fables, 1666  

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$10,000 - $15,000

Æsop's Fables with his Life: In English, French & Latin... Illustrated with One hundred and Twelve Sculptures by Francis Barlow



Printed by William Godbid for Francis Barlow



[6], 40, 40, 17, 2-220, [3] pp. ([pi]2, b2, B-L2, B-L2, B-3P2). The English by Thos. Philipott Esq; The French and Latin by Rob. Codrington M.A. With etched added pictorial tite, full-page etched coat of arms of William Earle of Devonshire (the dedicated), & 110 half-page etchings, illustrative of the fables, by William Barlow; the Life of Aesop with 31 full-page copper-engraved plates by Thomas Dudley. (Folio) 31.3x19 cm (12¼x7½"), period mottled calf, raised spine bands. 

Rare illustrated Aesop from the seventeenth century, with captivating illustrations. The half-page etchings have, ln the lower plate margin, the fables and morals engraved in English; beneath the plate are the fables an morals in Latin, printed letterpress, and on the facing page the fables and morals are printed in French. 

Lot Amendments

Spine and extremities rubbed and worn, front joint cracked and quite weak, rear joint tender; p.9-10 in the Fables (leaf H1) torn along gutter affecting a few words, old paper repair; overall very good.

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