1698 1st ed Greek Literature Phaedrus Fables Aesop Stoic Philosophy Burmann

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“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.”

– Phaedrus

 

Phaedrus was a 1st-century fabulist and Roman poet known for his five books of verse fables. Many of his tales are adaptions of Aesop’s famous tales, but he does include his own new stories as well. One major difference between Aesop and Phaedrus, however, is Phaedrus’s treatment of the moral. Phaedrus emphasized the moral of the story much more than Aesop did.

 

This edition of Phaedrus’s Fables contains the commentary of Guidius, Ritterhusius, and Rigaltius. It also is considered to be widely accepted as a useful and correct edition, but it did not break new ground in the ‘fable style’. It was edited by Petrus Burmannus (Peter Burmann), a professor at Utrecht. His editions of Greek and Roman classics have all been considered acceptable to other intellects. In Burmannus’s preface he tells the reader,

“the basis for this edition was laid by the German collector of Greek and Latin manuscripts Gudius”.

 

Moss claims this edition to be “held in considerable estimation” and is indeed a success. It was found to be reprinted and reissued several times during the next century. A fine woodcut frontispiece by Tiedeman and Mulder, which depicts Phaedrus writing while he listens to the Muse, in the background is Aesop surrounded by his fable animals.

 

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1698 1st ed Greek Literature Phaedrus Fables Aesop Stoic Philosophy Burmann

 

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.”

– Phaedrus

 

Phaedrus was a 1st-century fabulist and Roman poet known for his five books of verse fables. Many of his tales are adaptions of Aesop’s famous tales, but he does include his own new stories as well. One major difference between Aesop and Phaedrus, however, is Phaedrus’s treatment of the moral. Phaedrus emphasized the moral of the story much more than Aesop did.

 

This edition of Phaedrus’s Fables contains the commentary of Guidius, Ritterhusius, and Rigaltius. It also is considered to be widely accepted as a useful and correct edition, but it did not break new ground in the ‘fable style’. It was edited by Petrus Burmannus (Peter Burmann), a professor at Utrecht. His editions of Greek and Roman classics have all been considered acceptable to other intellects. In Burmannus’s preface he tells the reader,

“the basis for this edition was laid by the German collector of Greek and Latin manuscripts Gudius”.

 

Moss claims this edition to be “held in considerable estimation” and is indeed a success. It was found to be reprinted and reissued several times during the next century. A fine woodcut frontispiece by Tiedeman and Mulder, which depicts Phaedrus writing while he listens to the Muse, in the background is Aesop surrounded by his fable animals.

 

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PHAEDRUS

 

Phaedri … Fabularum aesopiarum libri v, cum integris commentariis Marq. Gudii, Conr. Rittershusii, Nic. Rigaltii, Nic. Heinsii, Joan. Schefferi, Jo. Lud. Praschii, et excerptis aliorum, curante Petro Burmanno

 

Amstelædami, : apud Henricum Wetstenium, 1698. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation complete with all pages: [56], 312, [58], 203-462, [58]
  • Binding: Vellum; tight & secure
  • References: STCN p.p. 842221344; Schweiger 2,733; Dibdin 2,280; Moss 2,394; Graesse 5,252; Ebert 16587: ‘Schätzbare Ausgabe’; Brunet 4,588: ‘La meilleure édition’
  • Language: Latin
  • Size: ~7.5in X 5in (19cm x 13cm)

 

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Classical Greco-Roman

Literature

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PHAEDRUS

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete