Aesop. The Fables of Aesop Paraphras'd in Verse: Adorn'd with Sculpture, and Illustrated with Annotations. The Second Edition. By John Ogilby, Esq; Master of His Majesties Revells in the Kingdom of Ireland.

By: AESOP; John OGILBY, translator.

Price: $7,500.00


2 volumes. Tall 4to. [iv], 211, [1]; [iv], 231, [1] pp. Titles printed in red & black. With the rare portrait of Ogilby – a total of 150 engraved plates [by Wenceslaus Hollar, Barlow and Stoop], historiated initials, head and tail pieces; pl. facing p. 59 with marginal tear; vol. II, pp. 111-2 + facing plate with edges tears (small piece missing, no loss of plate or text), pls. facing p. 138 + 157 with marginal tears. Vol. I: Original blind and gilt-tooled calf (mismatched bindings); rebacked in similar calf, gilt-stamped leather spine label, later endleaves. Vol. II: Original full suede leather; rebacked to match, leather spine label, later endleaves, edge worn. Bookplate of Frances Thomas de Grey Carl Cowper, Panshanger, (1834–1905), the seventh Earl Cowper. Second edition (first issued in 1651). This is one of the most important illustrated books issued in seventeenth-century England, including some of the best work of Wenceslaus Hollar. "In 1665, Ogilby produced a folio edition of this work; the larger format required larger plates, and Ogilby employed Wenceslaus Hollar to "transmute Cleyn's leaden images into golden ones" (Hodnett, Barlow 143). Hollar re-did fifty-seven of eighty plates, and the rest were copied from Clein by Dirk Stoop. In 1668, Ogilby followed up on the success of this volume with AEsopics: or, A second collection of fables, paraphas'd in verse, adorn'd with sculpture, which included fifty new fables and thirty-eight new illustrations, half by Hollar, and most of the other half by Barlow. The first volume was published again in 1668, and both volumes were re-issued in 1673 and 1675." –Acheson "The political edge of the fables is particularly pronounced in the late seventeenth-century Aesops, which were published within a period of political conflict for an audience with an appetite for political analysis, allegory, and opinion. Both of the men responsible for the late seventeenth-century Aesops, John Ogilby and Francis Barlow, were involved with contemporary politics, even if their commitments were as much shaped by professional and commercial opportunities as they were by principle or ideology: Ogilby was a royalist polemicist, and Barlow published a set of prints supporting the Whig cause during the Popish Plot and its aftermath. While it is probably true, as is often said, that the fables have not received critical attention equal to their level of popularity and ideological importance in early modern culture, the quality and thoroughness of existing studies offer an excellent grounding in the cultural importance and impact of the verbal texts of Aesop's fables in early modern England. . . The collections of fables published by Ogilby (first in 1651) and Barlow (first in 1666) were very different kinds of books than the many versions printed before them, and their illustrations were an important part of their appeal and interest. These were expensive folios directed at adult audiences, generously illustrated with high-quality etchings designed by distinguished artists and executed by some of the best engravers working in England at the time." – Katherine Acheson, "The Picture of Nature: Seventeenth-Century English Aesop's Fables," The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2009). John Ogilby (also Ogelby, Oglivie) (1600–1676) was a Scottish translator, impresario and cartographer, best known for publishing the first British road atlas, he also translated works and was noted for publishing his work in handsome illustrated editions. His first edition of Aesop was published in 1651, featuring illustrations by Francis Clein [Cleyn]. In 1665 he published a second, revised edition of The Fables of Aesop, this time illustrated by Wenceslaus Hollar's renowned prints, just one year in front of the great London fire. See: Katharine S. Van Eerde, John Ogilby and the Taste of His Times, Dawson, 1976; Edward Hodnett, Aesop in England: The Transmission of Motifs in 17th Century Illustrations of Aesop's Fables, Clark Library, 1979. First Edition.

Title: Aesop. The Fables of Aesop Paraphras'd in Verse: Adorn'd with Sculpture, and Illustrated with Annotations. The Second Edition. By John Ogilby, Esq; Master of His Majesties Revells in the Kingdom of Ireland.

Author Name: AESOP; John OGILBY, translator.

Categories: Fables,

Publisher: London:, Printed by Thomas Roycroft, for the Author, 1668.: 1668

lbs: 9.00

Seller ID: LV2183

Keywords: Fables