A First Edition of Aesop's Fables

Contributed by Major Tonie Holt

A First Edition of Aesop's Fables

Some years ago at a house sale we bought a job lot of a cardboard box full of books and in it was a small pigskin covered book that was dated 1532. A 'First Edition' of Aesop's Fables. It has rested since then amongst our general books and your programme prompted us to look it out.
It is all in Latin and though one of us did Latin many years ago it is not enough to do any deciphering. The Fables must surely be amongst the most influential stories in the world - how were they collected?
It is annotated here and there in Latin in a very neat and small hand which our poor translation skills lead us to believe was that of Dr Joachim Morlinus an important cleric of the time. As they were originally told around 600 BC their importance in world history is clearly measured by their longevity.

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