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PHAEDRUS, (ca. 15 B.C.--50 A.D.)
[Fabulae. 1701]
Phædri, Aug. liberti Fabularum Æsopiarum libri V. Notis illustravit in usum serenissimi principis Nassavii David Hoogstratanus. Accedunt ejusdem opera duo indices, quorum prior est omnium verborum, multo quam antehac locupletior, posterior eorum, quæ observatu digna in notis occurrunt.
Amstelædami ex typographia Francisci Halmæ, 1701.
[32], 160, [84] p., [1] engr. port. (fold.), 18 pl. : add. engr. t.-p., engr. illus. ; 27.4 cm. (4º)

An adaptation by the Latin fabulist Phædrus of the Greek fables of Æsop in an edition dedicated to John William of Nassau, the subject of the engraved portrait by P. van Gunst after B. Vaillant facing the dedication. The plates, with emblematic medallions for each fable, are engraved by J. van Vianen. 'A correct and very sumptuous edition ... ornamented with a great number of small plates, or medallions, in which the subject of the fable is very ably and spiritedly executed. The type is peculiarly rich and bold, and is hardly equalled by any Dutch edition of a classic.' (Dibdin). Cohen-de Ricci 797-98; Dibdin II, 280; Graesse V, 252; Brunet IV, 588.

Copy Notes Bought from T. & W. Boone for £3, 28 May 1827. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.12). Inscribed in pencil on second free-endpaper Large Paper - 3.3.0. Die-sinker armorial bookplate of William Beauchamp Lygon: 'Ex Fide Fortis' on both pastedowns, presumably the Hon. William Beauchamp Lygon (1782--1823), eldest son of the first Earl Beauchamp, who succeeded him as second Earl in 1816. Tail-piece on p. 52 protected by a tissue-guard.

Binding C19th diced russia calf, gilt-tooled borders within gilt French fillets, gilt-tooled spine, direct-lettered 'Phaedrus Hoogstratani', gilt edges, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 1286


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