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Aesopi Phrygis, et aliorum fabulae, iconibus illustratae, 1565

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Record ID cp011973
Voet reference number 12
Museum Plantin-Moretus c:lvd:14165967
Author AESOPUS
Title page transcription ÆSOPI ‖ PHRYGIS, ET ‖ ALIORVM ‖ FABVLAE, ‖ Iconibus illustratæ, & latinius ‖ quàm antehac interpretatæ. ‖ ⊕ 9 ‖ ANTVERPIAE ‖ Ex officina Christoph. Plantini, ‖ CIƆ.IƆ. LXV. ‖ CVM PRIVILEGIO.
Collation 16°: A-v⁸; p page 1-320 (Errors: 262 = first 2 upside down, 280 = 2 upside down, 301 for 319)
Fingerprint 156516 - # b1 A2 r.$ : # b2 V4 ,vt 156516 - # b1 A2 r.$ : # b2 V5 $sup
Number of sheets 10 10
Pages [1]: Title [2]: Blank 3-63: De vita et moribus fortunaque et interitu Aesopi (italic type; words in greek type) 63-320: Text (italic type, parts in roman type and greek type)
Edition information
Illustrations Woodcuts: 1) 2 illustrations, 55 × 55, on pages 72 (with the monogram of the woodcutter Gerard Janssen van Kampen) and 76 2) 74 illustrations, c. 35 × c. 49, from page 65 till page 236
Copies Museum Plantin-Moretus - 8 783 (with provenances)KBR Royal Library of Belgium - V 682812Cambridge University Library Nijmegen Vatican Apolstolic Library
Digital copies Museum Plantin-Moretus: 8 783Museum Plantin-Moretus: 8 783
Bibliographical references Cockx-Indestege, E. Belgica typographica 41Robert Arpots, Plantijn in Nijmegen 2Ruelens-de Backer, page 47 (1565, no. 11) J. Landwehr, Fable-Books printed in the Low Countries, 1963, no. 49 C.L. Kiister, Illustrierte Aesop-Ausgaben des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts, II, 1970, pages 245-246, no. 185
Online bibliographical references STCV 12927353 USTC 406257 STCV c:stcv:12927353STCV c:stcv:12922403
Note 1 Biography of Aesopus (pages 3-63), followed by a collection of 429 Latin fables of Aesopus, 76 of them illustrated (general disposition: caption in roman type, text in italic type, explanation of the meaning of the fable in roman type) (pages 63-315), without any indication of translator or 'interpres'. At the end (pages 3 16-3 18): 8 'Erasmi fabulae' and 'De satyro et rustico. Aniani [= for Aviani] fabula Erasmo quoque interprete'.
Note 2 The cost-accounting note in Arch. 4, folio 72 verso, gives following details about 'Fabulae Aesopi 16° cum figuris': the wages for composing and printing are entered from 16 December 1564 till 27 January 1565, and amount to 18 florins Carolus guilders 14 stuivers; 1,500 copies were printed and 27 reams of 'papier carrk' used, at 1 florins Carolus guilders 3% stuivers per ream, worth 18 florins Carolus guilders Total, without the illustrations: 36 florins Carolus guilders 14 stuivers The illustrations are entered briefly: 'Les figures coustent 3 Ib. de gros [= 18 florins Carolus guilders] en nombre 82 (= in fact only 76 are reproduced)'. The blocks were purchased or borrowed from Plantin's Antwerp colleague, Jan van Waesberghen (Arch. 39, folio 58 recto: on 11 June 1565 Plantin's accounts with Van Waesberghen were settled, with the exception of 19 florins Carolus guilders 16 stuivers 'qui sont pour reste des figures de fables d'esope eues de luy'. This means that Plantin had to pay more for the blocks than the 18 florins Carolus guilders entered in his cost-accounting note).
Note 3 No illustrated (or other) Aesopuseditions by Jan van Waesberghen are known. The woodcuts were inspired by (or more precisely copied from) the 1556 Lyons-edition (Küster, no. 177).
Note 4 Listed in M 296, folio 6 verso (Fabulae aesopi cum figuris in 16°, f[euilles] 10, [price:] stuivers 2), andM 164, folio 13 verso.
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