Aesop's Fables : with his life, in English, French and Latin : newly translated : illustrated with one hundred and twelve sculptures : to this edition are likewise added, thirty one new figures representing his life / by Francis Barlow.
- Additional Title(s):
Aesop's fables. German. 1687.
- London : Printed by H. Hills jun. for Francis Barlow, and are to be sold by Chr. Wilkinson at the Black-boy against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-street, Tho. Fox in Westminster-Hall, and Henry Faithorne at the Rose in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1687.
- Physical Description:
- , 40, 40, 17, 2-221,  pages, , 31 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 33 cm (folio)
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsPA3855 .E5 1687+ OversizeYale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon FundAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Title within double rule.
110 fables in English verse (by Aphra Behn) and French and Latin prose, each followed by moral.
The 1st edition (largely destroyed in the London fire) had title: Aesop's Fables with his Life: In English, French & Latin. The English by Tho. Philipott Esq; The French and Latin by Rob. Codrington, M.A. Illustrated with one hundred and twelve sculptures by Francis Barlow. London, Printed by William Godbid for Francis Barlow, 1666.
In this edition, the dedication to the Earl of Devonshire (misplaced in the L.C. copy) has been substituted for that to Sir Francis Pruijan. According to the Catalogue of the Huth library (v.1, p.14) the French text of the Fables differs considerably from that in the edition of 1666, and the engraved English verses beneath the plates have been entirely rewritten. Nearly all the plates to the life are signed by Thomas Dudley.
The captions to the text engravings are by Aphra Behn. They have either been engraved over the original verses of the 1666 edition, or supplied on separate coppers, the original verses having been cut away from the plates.
Signatures: [A]¹, a², B-L², [2d]B-L², [3d]B-3P².
With an added engraved title page.
In many copies, the 17th plate is suppressed, for "indecent" content ("Oft for a jest we expose our modesty ...").
Hodnett, E. Francis Barlow : first master of English book illustration, pages 206-222
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996) A703
BAC: British Art Center copy imperfect: lacks plate 6 (but includes the oft suppressed "indecent" plate 17). Bound in twentieth-century panelled red morocco, by C. & C. McLeish. From the library of Lieutenant Colonel William E. Moss (1875-1953) of Manor House, Sonning-on-Thames, with his bookcase sticker on front pastedown. Title page signed in manuscript "John Yates," perhaps the notable Unitarian minister and school teacher of that name (1755-1826).
- Subject Terms:
- Aesop -- Early works to 1800.Fables -- Early works to 1800.Moss, William E. -- Bookplate
- Engravings -- 1687.
Etchings -- 1687.
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