Les Fables d Esope Phrygien. Illustrées de Discours Moraux, Philosophiques, et Politiques. Nouvelle édition
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I was particularly attracted to this book for a long time, especially because we do not otherwise have any work of Pieter van der Borcht. I also have had my eye out for anything done by Baudoin. As Peter Bichsel writes, this is a collection of 117 Aesopian fables compiled by the French scholar Jean Baudoin with his life of Aesop. Baudoin s collection was first published in 1631 in Paris. The Brussels editions like this contain a different series of illustrations from the earlier Paris editions. Borcht, who worked for the famous Plantin printers in Antwerp here presents an engraved frontispiece and 147 vignettes in the text, each about 2” x 1½”. The frontispiece shows that great court scene I have admired so much in Sadeler. Is that Aesop delighting the children and looking out over all the animals? The beginning life of Aesop features an illustration for each of its 30 chapters. Pagination simply begins over again with the fables. Typical fable illustrations are WL (4) and OF (119). Well executed! One finds on 329 a remarkably graphic depiction of “The Greedy Man and the Envious.” Each fable is followed by a lengthy “Discours Moral,” foreshadowing what Croxall would do in English some 50 years later. Bodemann does not have this edition, but her #67.3 is a later Brussels Foppens edition from 1682. The earlier Paris editions to which Bichsel refers include Bodemann's #67.1 from 1649 and #67.2 of 1659. 3¾" x 6¼".