(Verona: Officina Bodoni, 1973).
THE VERY RARE ISSUE OF ONLY 30 COPIES, SPECIALLY BOUND AND PRESENTED.
'Aesop was born sometime around 620 B. C. in Greece, though the actual city is unknown. Many Grecian cities take credit for his birthright. None of his written fables are extant; but it is certain that his fables were popular in Athens during its most brilliant period of literary history. They were widely revered by such notables as Socrates and Plato.'
One of the greatest of all classical works, presented by one of the greatest presses of the twentieth century. Will Carter, himself a fine printer, has said that Hans Marderstieg, the founder of the Officina Bodoni, was "probably the finest pressman the world has ever seen or is ever likely to see." Item #24302
3 volumes. VERY RARE, LIMITED EDITION, number 26 of only 30 copies. With the Officina Bodoni prospectus laid-in. With 68 woodcuts after Liberale di Verona by Anna Bramanti, all hand-coloured by the Atelier Daniel Jacomet, Paris, coloured after a copy of the 1479 edition in the British library. 8vo, beautifully presented in fine bindings of full vellum decorated with Renaissance style gilt strap-work borders, the spines accomplished in green morocco lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed., in the original morocco-trimmed slipcase. 278, (1); 120, (1); 11, (ii, lxvi, (1) pp. An extremely fine set, as pristine, of this rare issue.