Esope - Philephe - Bellegarde - Les fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec celles de Philelphe - 1708

Esope - Philephe - Bellegarde - Les fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec celles de Philelphe - 1708
Geïllustreerd, Literatuur, Naslagwerken - Aantal: 1 - Anders - zie de beschrijving - Boek

Les fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec celles de Philelphe. Traduction nouvelle, enrichie de discours moraux & historiques, & de quatrains à la fin de chaque discours par Jean Baptiste Morvan de Bellegarde. On a joint à cette nouvelle traduction les fables diverses de Gabrias, d'Aviénus, & les contes d'Esope - à Amsterdam, chez Pierre Mortier, 1708 - (6) ff, 297 pp, ( 3) ff, (2) ff, 287 pp, (2) ff - full contemporary rigid vellum - Large duodecimo - 11 x 16 cm.

Condition: Headcaps, joints, corners in good condition, sound hinges, smooth spine adorned with the title in ink, some foxing, 1 fragment of paper missing on 1 leaf. Complete, 2 parts in one volume. First edition.

Work illustrated with a repeated frontispiece depicting the two volumes and 117 remarkable half-page compositions that make this edition a delightful bestiary and a very beautiful illustrated book.

Content: Aesop's fables with illustrations, the French prose translations of further fables without illustrations: 18 numbered fables by the Renaissance Italian humanist poet and scholar Francesco Filelfo or Philelphus (1398-1481), translated from the Latin verse; 37 fables based on Aesop by Gabrias and Avienus, translated from the Latin verse; two longer fables: the "Battle of the cats and the rats", and the "Battle of the rats and the frogs"; five Aesop "tales" taken from Plato's dialogue Protagoras; six numbered "poetical fables", with Olympian Gods as protagonists; and finally three more "tales", the first from Herodotus and the last from Gerbellius. Bellegarde (1648-1734), a French Jesuit, was clearly influenced by the very popular French Aesop translation by Jean Baudoin, whose 1649 and 1659 Paris editions also included Filelfo’s fables. Even the frontispiece is based on Baudoin’s, except that the king with armillary sphere, hunting horn and spear is replaced by Aesop with the same objects. The engravings are beautifully executed by Georg Paul Busch (active 1713, d. 1756), a Berlin copper-plate engraver. The animals and intentions of Aesop's fables are drawn with a firm and certain hand in clear and rather "dry" scenes and movements, with the strong contrasts in black and white working as a kind of "colour" for the plates.

Copy of this rare work in good condition.

Aantal boeken
Geïllustreerd, Literatuur, Naslagwerken
Auteur/ Illustrator
Esope - Philephe - Bellegarde
Les fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec celles de Philelphe
Publicatiejaar oudste item
Eerste druk
Oorspronkelijke taal
Pierre Mortier
Anders - zie de beschrijving
Aantal pagina‘s.
16×11 cm
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