Aesop (c. 620-564 BC) Appologi sive Mythologi cum quibusdam Carminum et Fabularum additionibus Sebastiani Brant
Aesop (c. 620-564 BC) Appologi sive Mythologi cum quibusdam Carminum et Fabularum additionibus Sebastiani Brant. Basel: Jacob Wolff of Pforzheim, 1501. First edition by Sebastian Brant (1457-1521), with added verses, fables and commentary, incomplete, 60 leaves only (of 202), with 105 woodcuts (of 335), colophon leaf and final blank present, leaves missing at the beginning of the text, and then randomly in the body; bound in limp parchment: a leaf of Medieval manuscript music; text block detached from binding; amateurish occasional contemporary color in brown and red, one leaf with a tear, one torn and missing about a quarter, most folds reinforced with old paper documents, thumbing, other signs of use, 11 x 7 1/4 in.
The presence of the colophon leaf suggests that this fragment is from the second half of Brant's Aesop, which consists of new material contributed by the Renaissance editor. Brant weaves folk wisdom and material from post-ancient popular fables into an original work that reflects the spirit of his own time.
A3-6, B8, C5, D6, E6, F4, G7, H3-4, I8, K/L4, M6.
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