PHAEDRUS, (ed. Johanne Laurentio).

PHÆDRI, Augusti Cæsaris Liberti, FABULARUM AESOPIARUM libri quinque; Notis perpetuis illustrate, & cum integris Aliorum observationibus in lucem editi a Johanne Laurentio Jcto. 1667.
Author PHAEDRUS, (ed. Johanne Laurentio).
Title PHÆDRI, Augusti Cæsaris Liberti, FABULARUM AESOPIARUM libri quinque; Notis perpetuis illustrate, & cum integris Aliorum observationibus in lucem editi a Johanne Laurentio Jcto.
Published Amsterdam: Johannem Janssonium & Viduam Elizei Weyerstraet. 1667.
Stock Code 12706
Description [64], 462, [204] pages. Illustrated with engraved title by Christoph Hagens, and 103 textual engravings, many depicting scenes from contemporary life. Early, but not contemporary, full leather, recently re-backed. 8vo. First Illustrated edition of Phaedrus to be published in the Netherlands; also the first edition edited by Laurentius. It contains the text of 92 Phaedrus fables with extensive annotations (the first edition of 1596 had only 64 fables). Slight browning throughout; frontispiece shaved to the image at fire-edge; else a very good copy of a scarce issue of this title. In this copy there are cancellation plates to pages 133, 194 and 205. Landwehr records that the 'brothel scene' on page 276 has often been defaced or removed, but is extant in this copy. Bodeman, Das illustrierte Fabelbuch, 75.1; Fabula Docet 68; Landwehr, Emblem books Low Countries F143; for Hagen: Thieme-Becker XV, p. 461; Wurzbach II, p. 632
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