FINE EDITION OF AESOPIC FABLES IN SUPERB FULL CALF
PHAEDRI (Gaius Julius Phaedrus) ~ Fabulae (Fables).
Paris: Joseph Barbou, 1754
Full calf, 6.25 inches tall. A superb early nineteenth century binding possibly by White, with gilt raised bands, delightful dense pomegranate gilt tooling to the panels, double gilt fillet framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. From the Sotheby sale of 29th April 1852. Engraved frontispiece. Phaedrus was a 1st century A.D. Roman fabulist, now known to be the first writer to compile entire books of fables, retelling the tales of Aesop. A wonderful copy in the original Latin.