Francisci-Josephi Desbillons Fabulae Aesopiae, Curis Posterioribus Omnes Fere Emendatae: Quibus Accesserunt Plus Quam CLXX Novae
Desbillons, François-Joseph Terrasse
. Typis J. Barbou . Parisiis
Language note: Latin
PA3855.A2 1769 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Language note: Latin
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Here is a fifth edition of Desbillons' Aesopic fables, now comprising fifteen books in one volume. The publisher remains Barbou, as it was for the third edition of 1759. The title of that edition was Francisci-Josephi Desbillons e Societate Jesu Fabularum Aesopiarum Libri Quinque Priores Diligenter Emendati, really the title of the first of two parts; the second part included five additional books. Now the title is Francisci-Josephi Desbillons Fabulae Aesopiae, Curis Posterioribus Omnes Fere Emendatae: Quibus Accesserunt Plus Quam CLXX Novae. The mention of the 170 new fables makes the title up to that point identical with the title of the Mannheim 1768 edition, except of course that the Mannheim 1768 edition still identifies him as a member of the Society of Jesus. The frontispiece involving Phaedrus, the Muse, and Genius is the same as in the Barbou edition of 1759, as are the dimensions of the pages. This edition is not mentioned in Bodemann. After the fifteen books of fables follow four sections: Sententiae, Notationum Libellus, Index Fabularum, and Nominum Quorundam Explicatio. The notes Desbillons had offered under the fable texts thus now appear at the book's end. The addition to the title in the third edition is gone: quam solam auctor agnoscit, the only edition that the writer acknowledges. Barbou has moved and no longer puts mention of royal approval and privilege on the title-page. The introduction covering more than twenty fabulists who lie behind Desbillons' work now includes an appendicula with mention of several more. The spine of the book is disintegrating. I will shortly add the sixth edition to this catalogue and a reprint of the sixth edition. I am delighted to find members of the Desbillons family!