Aisopou Phrygos Mythoi:
Aesopi Phrygis fabulae,
graece & latine
Antuerpiae - 1574 -
Ex Officina Christophori Plantini,
Signature: A-K8, L4
166 (2) p.
In 16mo - 11.6 x 7.4 cm.
Italics, Greek, Roman.
Preceded by a title in Greek.
Text in Greek and Latin on 2 columns.
Rare Plantinian edition concerning the fables of Aesop,
ancient Greek writer (VI century BC),
contemporary of Croesus and Pisistratus.
His works had a great influence on Western culture:
the fables are still
extremely popular and known today.
Each fable has a
motto or moral at the end, with the purpose
of educating children in the values of life, to behave in the right direction
and to avoid danger and bad
The fables use various metaphors and transformations are used to represent everyday life
Aesop's success was in fact taken up by Phaedrus and then by Hyginus.
Copies of this edition were not found in OPAC.
The collation was made with a
copy in the
National Library of the Czech Republic.
Charming coeval binding,
full vellum with handwritten owner’s notes (faded)
on the front board.
The sheets are overall well preserved,
with sporadic slight browning.
Slight marginal wear on the title page.
The first blank sheet is missing.
The last blank sheet is instead present, with old bookplates.
On sheets H and H2
there is a small piece of paper missing at the bottom edge (see photos),
without any loss of text.
Work in good overall condition.