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1769 Latin Aesop Fables Mythology Classic Greek Folklore Jesuit Desbillons

“A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.”

― Aesop, Fables

A fine, highly desirable Desbillon edition of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop’s fables have been printed for centuries and include some of the most famous fables and tales of all time. Originating sometime in the 6th- to 7th-century BC, these tales have appeared in popular culture for well over 2000 years in the form of books, plays, songs, and visual media.

Francois-Joseph Desbillons was a French Jesuit author and fabulist writing both in French and it Latin. However, prior to 1754 when he completed his edition of Aesop, he had not published any other material. His translation of Aesop propelled his career as a fabulist, crafting his own fables as well as more editions of Aesop in the following decades.

This 1769 Latin edition features finely engraved vignettes throughout and a full-page engraved frontispiece.

Item number: #2373

Price: $399


Francisci-Josephi Desbillons Fabulae Aesopiae, curis posterioribus omnes ferè emendatae: quibus accesserunt plus quam CLXX novae.

Parisiis, J. Barbou, 1769.


•Collation: Complete with all pages: [xxxvi], 504

•References: de Backer, 1946;

•Language: Latin

•Binding: Leather; tight & secure

•Size: ~6in X 3.5in (15cm x 9cm)

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1769 Latin Aesop Fables Mythology Classic Greek

Estimate $399 - $800Apr 8, 2018