The Fables of Aesop are credited to a man that lived in Ancient Greece sometime around 600 BCE. Aesop’s existence, while likely, is not completely certain, though writings about him are found in such sources as Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. The traditional description is that he was a slave who won his freedom by his cleverness. No direct writings of him survive, though many tales over the centuries and across cultures have been attributed to him. In fact, as many as 650 fables are associated with Aesop, though it is unlikely that these all actually came from him. Among some of the most famous of Aesop’s Fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. The fables remain very popular across the world and are often used in moral education.
This is an attractive volume in a pretty small package, with a vellum spine and nicely done marbled paste-paper sides. This Limited Editions Club edition (LEC) is classically designed by Bruce Rogers, who many consider the greatest book designer of the twentieth century. He designed 9 books for the LEC, in addition to the LEC’s extraordinary 37 volume works of Shakespeare. As an aside, Books and Vines has a review of a deluxe limited edition of Aesop from Easton Press, it being a facsimile of a famous 1793 edition printed by Stockdale of London.
About the Edition
- Designed by Bruce Rogers
- Printed and bound by John Johnson at the University Press, Oxford
- Translated by Samuel Croxall
- Biographical Note by Victor Scholderer
- Illustrated with facsimiles of old Florentine woodcuts redrawn by Bruce Rogers
- White half-vellum, gold-stamped with decorated (marbled) paste-paper sides, top edge gilt
- Small quarto 7- 1/8″ x 10-1/4″, 232 pages
- Limited to 1500 copies
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