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First complete illustrated edition of 532 Aesop fables

AESOP. (Francois Joseph DESBILLONS, comp.).
Fabulae Aesopiae, curis posterioribus, omnes fere, emandatae, accesserunt plus quam CLXX nova; tum etiam observations, grammaticae praesertim, complures, et Index copiosus, nec desunt ... Hominum et pecudum figurae elegantes.
Mannheim, Typis Academicis, 1768 [colophon: 1767]. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a frontispiece and 15 engraved plates by Egid Verhelst (1733-1804). Contemporary vellum with spine label, red edges. [2], 58, 290, [2], 291-615 pp.
€ 950
First illustrated edition of the vast complete collection of Aesop fables, arranged in 15 books to give a total of 532 fables in Latin verse, with extensive footnotes, brought together by Francois Joseph Terrasse Desbillons (1711-1789), a Jesuit and poet from Chateauneuf who studied with the Jesuits at Bourges and who became a professor of rhetoric in Nevers and Caen. After the dissolution of the Jesuit order in France he moved to Mannheim. Earlier editions, containing fewer fables, appeared in Glasgow published by the famous printers Robert and Agnew Foulis in 8vo, 1754 ("first edition") and in Paris, by Guerin & Delatour, 1756 ("second edition"). J. Barbou in Paris also published editions with fewer fables around 1750.
With the armorial bookplate of Duke R.H. St. Maur on front paste-down. A very good and clean copy. Bodemann 152.1; not in Fabula docet.
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