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First edition of a rare work on Syrian grammar, with excerpts from important Syrian authors

ADLER, Jacob Georg Christian. Brevis linguae Syriacae insitutio in usum tironum edita.
Altona, Johann David Adam Eckhardt, 1784. 8vo. With a woodcut vignette on the title-page and typographical ornaments at the head of every page. The text is set in Roman and Syriac type. Early 19th-century blue marbled paper wrappers. 64, [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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Beautifully illustrated 1708 Amsterdam edition of Aesop’s Fables.

AESOP Les fables d'Esope phrigien, avec celles de Philelphe. Traduction nouvelle, enriche de discours moraux & historiques, & de quatrains à la fin de chaque discours. On a joint à cette nouvelle traduction les Fables diverses de Gabrias, d'Avienus, & Les contes d'Esope.
A Amsterdam, Chez Pierre Mortier, 1708. Two parts in one volume, 12mo. With an engraved frontispiece showing Aesop standing on a gallery holding an armillary sphere, hunting horn and spear, surrounded by a mixed crowd (including children), with a group of wild and domestic animals standing and lying below, 117 half-page engravings (6,5 x 8 cm) for the 117 numbered Aesop fables, initials, endpieces. Marbled half-morocco binding. [12], 297, [7], [4], 287, [5] pp. Full description
€ 395
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Extended collection of no less than 400 Aesop Fables in Italian,
including fables of others, collected and edited by Giulio Landi who also added a Life of Aesop

AESOP. Vita di Esopo Frigio, prudente, e faceto favolatore, Tradotta dal Sig. Conte Giulio Landi in grazia della studiosa Gioventu ... Al quale di nuovo sono aggiunte Favole del medesimo Esopo, con multe alter dalcuni elevati Ingegni, ascendenti alla somma di 400 ...
Florence, Giovanni Gaetano Tartini, 1718. 12mo. With 90 (incl. repeats) woodcuts (ca. 4.5 x 6 cm). Plain vellum. 384, [12] pp. Full description
€ 500
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Phaedrus's Latin verse versions of 94 Aesop fables

AESOP. Phaedri Augusti liberti fabularum Aesopiarum libri V. Et novarum fabularum appendix. Cura et studio Petri Burmanni. Editio septima.
Berlin, Gottlieb August Langius, 1767. 12mo. With woodcut vignette on title-page and some woodcut head- and tailpieces.Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine. XVI, 98, [112] pp. Full description
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Based on first illustrated humanistic edition, illustrated with woodcuts after Bernard Salomon

AESOP. Aesopi Phrygis Fabulae, elegantissimis iconibus veras animalium species ad ivum adumbrantibus. Gabriae Graeci fabellae XLIII. [Greek: Batrachomyomachia] Homeri, hoc est, ranarum & murium pugna. [Greek: Galeomyomachia], hoc est, felium & murium pugna, fabla Graeca. Haec omnia cum Latina interpretation. Accesserunt Avieni antique auctoris fabulae. Editio postrema, ceteris castigatior.
[Genève or Lyon], Jean de Tournes, 1619. 2 volumes bound as 1. 16mo. With the woodcut portrait of Aesop in a roundel on the title-page and 61 woodcuts (ca. 3.5 x 4.5 cm) in the text, illustrating the fables of Aesop, most after Bernard Salomon, but 22 from another series. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Text in two columns: Greek (left) and Latin (right).
[With:] 2) THEOGNIS and others. [Greek text] Theognidis, Phocylidis, Pythagorae, Solonis & aliorum Poemata gnomica ... Opera Friderici Sylbrgii. Utrecht, Johannes I Janssonius van Waesberge, 1651. 12mo. With printers device on title-page and some woodcut initials. Contemporary overlapping vellum. 410, [6]; [8], 168 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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One of the many Italian Dorpius editions, illustrated with 76 nice woodcuts

AESOP. Aesopi Phrygis, et aliorum Fabulae, quorum nomina seqens pagella indicabit. Elegantissimis iconibus ... illustratae. Pluribusque auctae, & diligentius quam antehac emendatae. Cum Indice locupletissimo.
Venice & Bassano, Jo. Antonius Remondinus, [ca.1730; before 1734]. 12mo. Title-page framed in double lines with woodcut printers device; some woodcut initials, typographical head- and tail pieces, and typographical borders, also the 76 woodcuts (ca. 42 x 55 mm.) are all framed in a typographical border and are partly after Bernard Salomon, partly after Nicolaus and Gerardus Jansen van Kampen. Full calf. 279, [280], [8] pp. Full description
€ 400
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Augmented illustrated Rouen edition of Aesop in the French prose translation,
together with the quatrains by Isaac Benserade (1804)

AESOP. Les Fables dEsope, mises en François, Avec le Sens moral en quatre Vers, & des Figures à chaque Fable. Nouvelle édition revue, corrigée & augmentée de la Vie dEsope, avec Figures, & les Quatrains de Benserade, dédiée à la Jeunesse.
Rouen, chez A. Delalain, An XII [1804]. 12mo. With a full-page woodcut portrait (97 x 72 mm.) of Aesop., and 192 woodcuts of ca 56 x 72 mm., illustrating the Vie dÉsope (28) and 164 out of a total of 225 Fables; woodcut head- and tailpieces. Mottled calf over boards.. [8], C, 314, [2] (out of 10) pp. Full description
€ 285
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Nice augmented and fully illustrated edition of Aesop in the French prose translation,
together with the quatrains by Isaac Benserade (1805)

AESOP. Les Fables dEsope, mises en Français, Avec le sens moral en quatre vers, & des figures à chaque Fable. Nouvelle edition, revue, corrigée et augmentée de la Vie dEsope, avec les quatrains de Benserade, dédiée à la Jeunesse. Premiere Partie.
Lyon, J. Ayné, An XIII (1805). 2 parts (in 1 volume). 12mo. With a full-page woodcut portrait (100 x 68 mm.) of Aesop, woodcut vignette (a fisherman) on the titles, and 225 woodcuts (ca. 38 x 66 )illustrating the 225 fables; woodcut head- and tailpieces. Half vellum over boards, 196, [4]; 192, [4] pp. Full description
€ 400
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Later edition of the Italian translation by Giulio Landi

AESOP. Favole di Esopo Frigio con la Vita del medesimo, tradotta ed ornata dal Signor Co. Giulio Landi. Nuova editione illustrata, e ridotta a più colta lezione, con aggiunta di multe altre Favole di vari accreditati Scrittori.
Venice, Francesco Andreola, 1806. 12mo. With 40 woodcuts (ca 43 x 56 mm.). Half vellum, marbled paper over boards. 258, [6] pp. Full description
€ 425
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Nineteenth-century illustrated edition of the Dorpius recension

AESOP. Aesopi Phrygis, et aliorum Fabulae .... Elegantissimis iconibus in gratiam studiose juventutis illustratae. Pluribusque auctae & diligentius quam antehac emendatae. Cum indice locupletissimo.
Madrid, for Petrus Lopez and his brother, 1815. 12mo. With woodcut of the writing Aesop on title and 86 woodcuts (ca. 43 x 56 mm.). Marbled calf over boards. 324, [12] pp. Full description
€ 450
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