A Moral Fable-Talk. That is to say, a most delectable…

~ A Moral Fable-Talk. That is to say, a most delectable Garden of moral philosophy, conveyed in Fables, by speeches attributed to brute Beasts.

San Francisco Arion Press 1987

One of 425 copies. Illustrations from 125 etchings by Marcus Gheeraerts in the 1579 edition of Mythologica ethica of Arnold Freitag. Printed in Garamont, designed by Frederic Goudy on Ingres mould-made paper. Fat 8vo., bound by Schuberth Bookbindery in tan morocco and beige cloth, title in gilt on spine. A very good copy.

The first printing of Golding’s manuscript translation of Freitag’s Mythologica ethica published here in the form of an emblem book as it might have been in the late sixteenth century. Arthur Golding (c1536-c1605) was of the first generation of Elizabethan writers, at a time when there was little written in English. He famously translated Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which was lavishly praised by Ezra Pound, and Caesar’s Gallic Wars. He he tackles 125 Aesopic fables each with a corresponding illustration from Gheeraerts’s work of 1579.

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