(Parma: Giambattista Bodoni, 1800).
VERY RARE FIRST EDITION IN PRINTER’S ORIGINAL CARTONAGE PAPER WRAPPERS AND ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS FROM THE PRESS. One of the most successful books by Bodoni, printed with an extraordinary harmony between Roman and Greek fonts that Brooks extolled as being "d'une simple beauté incomparable." This book is a prime example of the saying, "Those who came after [Bodoni] might choose to do something else; but what he chose to do could never be done better." Item #21509
The folio Aesop, which preceded the quarto edition. Text in Greek and Latin in parallel columns. Large Folio (30 x 45 cm), original printer’s paper cartonage, all edges completely untrimmed, house in a fine foldover case with morocco label gilt. [iii], 4-176. A fine and beautiful copy of the folio edition, entirely untrimmed.