1584 Aesop's Fables, Homer, Hippocrates Oath, Musaes' Hero & Leander, among others. Greek Latin parallel text. Brylinger, Basel


A fascinating, portable (small), diverse collection of ancient works, printed in parallel Latin and Greek, by the Brylinger family.

Works contained include Aesop's Fables, Gabria's Fables, Apthonius (exercitamentis de fabula), Philostratus (fabula ex imaginabus), Homer (Batrachomyomachia), Musaeus' Hero & Leander, Agepetus (De Officio Regis ad Justinianum Caesarem), Hippocrates Oaths (iusiurandum), Galeomyomachia, and Avianus fables (although a quire of Avieni's works are missing).

A very full collection of the great writers; whether you're a Greek or Latin scholar (or, especially, both), this work is sure to please.

Measuring only 3" x 4" (which qualifies it as a macrominiature), this work was highly likely to be intended for a school environment.

About the Printer -

The Brylinger family of printers is best known for printing early protestant editions of the Vulgate Bible, during the time of Martin Luther.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 10.5 x 8 x 3 cm. Quires signed in 8. Limp vellum binding. All edges sprinkled red.

Pages - (2), title, 472, index - 2, blank, (2), but no 447-162

Collation - Z8, D8 (F8 missing), G8, where 8 is blank. Quires signed x and y are bound reversed.

Condition -

See pictures. Vintage patina, with the pleasing look of history. Ties expired; boards a little splayed. Edge wear and rubbing. (Painted?) spine covering largely has expired. A little cracking at joint. Also some cracking at hinges. Text block a little shaken, but still connected. Someone wrote upside down, in an old hand, on the pastedown and flyleaf. Toning, a little soiling, and some thumbing throughout. Occasional edge chip. Some page edges are deckled. Starting at 125, a moisture mark grows across the page. There are notes, written in an old hand, on occasion throughout the work. The quires signed x and y are reversed in order. The quire F is missing (8 leaves, 16 pages, 447 to 462).

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