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Aesopus - Vita et Fabulae Facsimile Edition

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The “Ulm Aesop”, as it became noted over the years, is a bilingual edition of the famous fables by the Greek storyteller.

The layout of the book has the German version of each fable being preceded by the Latin version from which Steinhöwel had translated. 

Its most remarkable feature is the succession of 208 woodcuts, each only partly framed and laid out over the width of the printed page. Each woodcut is placed to head the German version of the fables, or single episodes of the Life. In this way illustration served to emphasize the structure of the text, and was also explicitly linked to bringing vernacular texts to life for readers who would not be reading them in Latin. 

The many schoolchildren who had to read Latin versions of Aesop’s fables as part of their early instruction in the language were not granted the benefit of pictures until much later. 

Steinhowel’s selection of texts, combined with the exceptionally fine woodcuts Johann Zainer had procured, became the model for all subsequent reprints in German (none of them bilingual), and for translations into other vernacular languages: Low-German and ‘Kölnisch’, French, English, Dutch, and Czech.

Its woodcuts were copied, these copies were copied, and so on, giving rise to a large number of successive generations of cuts, all still echoing the original designs, with reversals and small variations.

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "Aesopus - Vita et Fabulae":

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Printed book description compiled by the publisher.

#1 Esopo - Vita e Favole

Modena: Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte, 1992

Aesopus, Vita et Fabulae, Museum Otto Schafer (Schweinfurt, Germany) − Photo 1
Aesopus, Vita et Fabulae, Museum Otto Schafer (Schweinfurt, Germany) − Photo 1
  • Commentary (Italian) by Amelung, Peter
  • Limited Edition: from the German print-run, with Italian commentary
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Aesopus - Vita et Fabulae: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

84 pages commentary volume. Both the facsimile edition and the commentary are kept in a box.

Binding

Leather.

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#2 Aesopus - Vita et Fabulae

Ludwigsburg: Edition Libri Illustri, 1992

Aesopus, Vita et Fabulae, Museum Otto Schafer (Schweinfurt, Germany), Aesopus - Vita et Fabulae facsimile edition by Edition Libri Illustri.
Aesopus - Vita et Fabulae facsimile edition by Edition Libri Illustri.
  • Commentary (German) by Amelung, Peter
  • Limited Edition: 880 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Aesopus - Vita et Fabulae: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

84 pages commentary volume. Both the facsimile edition and the commentary are kept in a box.

Binding

Leather.

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approx US$ 828


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