Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien avec Celles de Philelphe. Traduction Nouvelle
. Copenhagen (Bodemann identifier cf. #97.3 )
Language note: French
Language note: French
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Edition nouv. avec nouvelles Fig. The date is unfortunately cut off the bottom of the page. This copy seems to line up perfectly with Bodemann #97.3 except for the frontispiece, which here has Aesop (?) on a pedestal in front of an upper balcony of human beings and behind a ground-level group of animals. (Bodemann #97.3 has six scenes from the life of Aesop.) That edition was published by Witwe des Gabr. Christ. Rothen. The title-page is a mix of black and red ink. The strength of this edition lies in its 117 illustrations, generally about 2¼ x 2¾. Except for the last illustration, The Bear and the Bees (290), these occur two to a page close to their fable texts. Among the best of these often dark illustrations I would list FC (102); FK (120); FS (138); Peacock and Juno (180); The Stag and the Horse (184); The Mule and the Wolf (200); 2W (231); The Bulls and the Lion (258); The Boy and the Greedy Man at the Well (264); and CW (278). Each fable gets a generous paragraph of French prose and then a full page or more of Sens Moral, climaxed by a rhyming quatrain. CJ is first in the order of fables. The illustrations between 204 and 220 have received additional inking from some hand; so have the numbers above them. Several other illustrations besides these have been inked; in some of these cases, one can find traces of the ink that seeped through the page. Some pages of illustrations have large block letters on their lower right. Were these perhaps a guide to the bookbinder concerning the order of images? Aesop's fables finish on 292, and on 293 those of Philelphe begin. They finish on 339, to be followed by Fables Diverse Tirées d'Esope by Gabrias and Avienus. These conclude on 437, to be followed by Les Contes d'Esope, which finish on 478. After 478 there is a T of C for each of the sections of the book, starting with the life of Aesop at the book's beginning. This book represented my one big purchase during my short stay in Copenhagen.