Verona: Officina Bodoni, 1973.
The first three books of Caxton’s Aesop printed from the Veronese edition of MCCCCLXXIX in Latin and Italian with 66 woodcuts newly engraved by Anna Bramanti and hand-coloured with pochoir at the Atelier Daniel Jacomet, Paris. Two volumes with an Epilogue by Giovanni Mandersteig. Number 138 of 160 sets. Printed on Magnani mould-made paper with goose watermark. Voilume I: the Latin text of the 1479 edition, with Italian translation. Volume II: English text based on Caxton’s 1482 translation. Both volumes backed in green morocco with stiff vellum covered boards. Upper and lower covers decorated with renaissance strapwork and title in gilt. Gilt spine titling. Top edges gilt. This set celebrates the golden anniversary of the founding of the Offiicina Bodoni Press and is considered to be Mandersteig’s finest production. A very fine set with the bookplates of Lord Strathallan. Prospectus loosely inserted. Original transparent wrappers. Held in original brown paper covered slipcase with green morocco edges.