Phaedri Augusti Liberti Fabularum Libri V, Accesserunt Parallelae Joannis de la Fontaine Fabulae
. Joseph Barbou . Paris
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Here is the second of two extra copies of this book, both in good condition. Bodemann #127.3. The note there shows that this is a reprinting of a work first done by Barbou in 1754, but that the works of La Fontaine and the work of Brotier have been added. This is a small book, about 3½ x 6¼. There is a frontispiece (Aesop and Mercury) and a small illustration at the beginning of each of Phaedrus' books. The exception occurs at the beginning of Book V, where we find a small design with three dancing angels. Bodemann sums up the edition well: Die Phaedrus-Fabeln mit Anmerkungen und Textparallelen La Fontaines. The notes referred to are in a separate section (97-172) after Phaedrus' texts. Then come parallel texts from La Fontaine. The organization here can be slightly confusing. La Fontaine texts parallel to Phaedrus' first book are gathered in a first book but numbered then consecutively, according to the order but not the number in Phaedrus. There is in each case a reference to the number in Phaedrus. Here there is a printer's design at the start of each of the five books of parallels. At the back one finds a T of C for the two major text sections, an index rerum et verborum, a list of editions of Phaedrus, an advertisement for other Latin editions, and finally an official Imprimi Potest from the Royal Academy. I write again in this entry several days after finishing it, to add that I have finally sorted the books I have collected for the last two years. The surprising result of this work is that I discover I have three identical copies of the book. I kept having the feeling that I had heard of the names before, but I could not find the book in the database. I was looking in the wrong place. Alas, I even bought it twice from the same source. The Antunes copy may be the first book I have bought from Portugal!