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    Roger L'Estrange's Edition of Aesop

    Aesop; Adriaan van Baarland; Roger L'Estrange; Avianus; Lorenzo Astemio; and Poggio Bracciolini. Fables of Aesop And other Eminent Mythologists: With Morals and Reflexions. London: for R. Sare, B. Took, M. Gillyflower, A. & J. Churchil, J. Hindmarsh and G. Sawbridge, 1694. Second edition, corrected and amended. Folio. Π1,A4, (a)-(b)4, (c)6, d4, B-2Q4, 2R6,2S-3O4. [10], 28, [8], 476 pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait of L'Estrange by Roger White after Geoffrey Kneller and full page engraving of Aesop and animals. Contemporary calf, gilt rules and corner fleurons, spine extra gilt in compartments, spine lacks some leather at either end, joints started, front board detached, boards soiled and rubbed, corners bumped; armorial bookplate of Lock Rollinson, edges red, occasional foxing, marginal dampstains, front free endpaper is loose and missing its lower right corner, else in very good condition. Wing A707.ESTC r11059. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Aesop; Adriaan van Baarland; Roger L'Estrange; Avianus; Lorenzo Astemio; and Poggio Bracciolini. Fables of Aesop And other Eminent Mythologists: With Morals and Reflexions. London: for R. Sare, B. Took, M. Gillyflower, A. & J. Churchil, J. Hindmarsh and G. Sawbridge, 1694. 

    Second edition, corrected and amended. Folio. p1,A4, (a)-(b)4, (c)6, d4, B-2Q4, 2R6,2S-3O4. [10], 28, [8], 476 pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait of L'Estrange by Roger White after Geoffrey Kneller and full page engraving of Aesop and animals. Contemporary calf, gilt rules and corner fleurons, spine extra gilt in compartments, spine lacks some leather at either end, joints started but solid, boards soiled and rubbed, corners bumped; armorial bookplate of Lock Rollinson, edges red, occasional foxing, marginal dampstains, front free endpaper is loose and missing its lower right corner, else in very good condition.

    Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704), Tory journalist and pamphleteer, was notorious in his day for his many works against the dissenters and Whigs. He received license of the press in 1692 to seize all seditious books and libels, apprehend the authors, and bring those responsible to "justice"; he used such license liberally, and in effect, reigned in terror over his adversaries until the time of William and Mary.  At the same time, he was a rather impecunious man, and so issued a number of translations and editions of classic works. He added later a second volume to this popular work which is not present here.

    "The Aesop, on the other hand, was actually an assemblage of fables and facetiae from a variety of sources, ancient and modern, the second volume being wholly un-Aesopian. The trenchant reflections added to the individual fables possess a strong political animus and were to draw severe criticism from the later Whig fabulist Samuel Croxall; but all L'Estrange's translations have some degree of political colouring." - Oxford DNB.

    Wing A707.ESTC r11059.


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