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Fabularum quae hoc libro continentur interpretes atq[ue] authores sunt hi... In libera Argentina.[Strasbourg, Matthias SchÜrer, December 1515]

AESOP  (1515)

£3500.00 

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Title within fine one-piece white-on-black woodcut border after Urs Graf incorporating architectural columns, two fools at the top and at the bottom two putti holding an empty shield, white-on-black initials. 

Sm 4to. (208 x 145mm). [36]ff (last blank). 19th century marbled boards.

A rare early Strasbourg edition published by Matthias Schürer of Maarten van Dorp's anthology of fables, chiefly by Aesop and Avianus, which was one of the most popular Renaissance collections and much used in schools. Initially a product of Dutch humanism, the collection was expanded in the 1520s and 1530s and became, for example, the standard school Aesop in England. The Latin translations found here in this early collection are by Dorp's friend and correspondent Erasmus and fellow humanists Hadrianus Barlandus, Guilielmus Goudanus, Angelus Politianus, Petrus Crinitus and Ioannes Antonius Cambanus. the 'Vita Aesopi' is that of Maximus Planudes.

Our copy corresponds to the VD online copy which only has an imprint 'In Libera Argentina' on the title-page while another issue is known to also read on the title-page 'apud Matthia Schurerium' and hold the initials 'M.S.' in the shield. The fine title border is a version of one by Urs Graf used by Froben in Basle in the same year (see Hieronymus).

In our copy Aesop's fable no. 50 De Adolescente & Cato of a Young-Man and a Cat' obviously caused offence to an early reader and has been neatly inked over.

Light marginal staining and a few small wormholes at blank lower margin of last few leaves.

VD16 A449. Ritter, Rep. I, 93. Schmidt VIII, 121. OCLC (USA: Harvard only). Ref: Hieronymus Oberrheinische Buchillustration 172 & abb. 313.

Stock Code: 48277