London: Printed for Claude du Bosc, 1741. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Translated from The Original Latin of Gabriel Faerno. With One Hundred Copper-Plates. London: Printed for Claude du Bosc, 1741. First edition in English. Faerno (c.1510-61) is counted one of the foremost of the Renaissance Latin poets, largely on account of his "100 Fables" (Centum Fabulae ex antiquis autoribus delectae, et carminibus explicatae). Though not published until 1563, there is evidence that he was compiling the work as early as 1558. So excellent were his versions that one scholar went so far as to accuse him of concealing an undiscovered manuscript of Phaedrus for fear of lessening the value of his own versions. However, Charles Perrault, who published a translation of Faernos work into French verse (Paris, 1699), among others, have defended the author from this imputation. Octavo. In a full period English-style brown morocco binding by The Heritage Bindery of Pasadena, California. Some general minor soiling and foxing to the contents; a few closed tears have been archivally mended. A signature at the top of the title page has been inked out. Lacking the preliminary and concluding blank leaves, with new endpapers bound in. Quite lovely.
(Inventory #: 64474)
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