OGILBY, JOHN, translator.
The Fables of Æsop. Paraphras'd in Verse, and adorn'd with Sculpture. London: Printed by Thomas Warren for Andrew Crook, 1651.
8vo (219 x 153 mm). Imprimatur leaf. Portrait frontispiece and 81 engraved plates by Hollar, Stoop and Barlow. Period blind-ruled calf. Minor browning, first plate trimmed close, few scattered repaired marginal tears/chips, small rust-hole to pl 66, rebacked to style, covers rubbed.
Provenance: Anne North (ownership inscription dated 1659); Anne Frances Muchleston(?) (ownership inscription); William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF OGILBY'S TRANSLATION with important illustrations. "To call these versions paraphrases is misleading ... they are original treatments of familiar themes. Ogilby gives free play to his imagination as he retells the fables with so many amplifications of homely detail and classical allusions that what would ordinarily have been eighty-one pages or a little more becomes two hundred thirty-six" (Hodnett Francis Barlow p 79). Wing A689.