16 July 2014
AESOP (c. 620-560 BC.). The Fabled Paraphras'd in Verse, and adorn'd with Sculpture by John Ogilby. London: Thomas Warren for Andrew Crook, 1651.
4 parts in one volume, 4° (205 x 151mm). Engraved additional title with portrait, engraved frontispiece and 80 engraved plates by Hollar, Stoop and Barlow after Francis Cleyn. (Small marginal repair on frontispiece, some minor soiling and foxing.) Early 20th-century burgundy morocco by Henry Young & Sons, gilt spine and edge. Provenance: S.A. Thompson Yates (booklabel).
FIRST EDITION of Ogilby's translation with outstanding illustrations of these 81 fables. 'To call these versions paraphrases is misleading... they are original treatments of familiar themes. Ogilby gives free play to his imagination as he retells the fables with so many amplifications of homely detail and classical allusions that what would ordinarily have been eighty-one pages or a little more becomes two hundred and thirty-six'. (E. Hodnett, Francis Barlow First Master of English Book Illustration, p. 79. Wing A-689. Sold together with a late 18th century edition of Aesop in two volumes bound in early 20th-century red morocco by J. Haines.
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