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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Fables in English and French Verse.

FAERNO (Gabriello).

FAERNO (Gabriello).

Fables in English and French Verse. Translated from the Original Latin of Gabriel Faerno. With One Hundred Copper-Plates.

100 half-page engravings at the head of each fable. Woodcut device on the title and woodcut ornaments throughout.

First English Edition. 2 volumes bound together. 8vo. [203 x 127 x 35 mm]. xvi, 190, [2]blank, [i], iv-vi, 191 pp. Bound in contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked with a new dark green goatskin label, new endleaves.
London: [ by Woodfall] for Claude Du Bosc, and sold by C. Davis, 1741.

Foxon F.21.

Bound without the title-page to the second volume, which was in the form of a half-title, but with the blank leaf [N8] at the end of the first. The general title is soiled and has an ink signature erased, a few other leaves are a little soiled or spotted, but it is a good copy with dark impressions of the plates. Faerno died 1561, and his Fabulae Centum was published in Rome in 1563. The French translation is by C. Perrault, and this is the first edition to include an English translation. The woodcut ornaments belonged to Woodfall.

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