Vita Di Esopo Frigio, Prudente, & Facetto Favelatore
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Here is a great little addition to the collection. It most closely approximates Bodemann #52.3 but was published nine years earlier. The publisher there is listed as Erben des Giovanni Baptista Cestari, with a publication date of 1673. Here it is simply Per Il Cestari in 1664. The dimensions, page numbers, and other bibliographical specifics of the book seem otherwise the same. With vellum covers, this little Italian translation of 400 fables on 419 pages with a T of C at the end has lost its spine. The Vita lasts through 144. After each fable there is a Sentenza. Bodemann #52.3 has 139 illustrations. That number is at least approximately correct for this version. As in that edition, there is frequent repeating of images. Thus the image on 147 is the same as that on 386, and the image on 191 is the same as that on 214. The front cover shows a number of worm holes. The illustrations are delightful but of varying quality, both in their artistic conception and in their printing. The book is very fragile.
Per Il Cestari