1973. Verona: Officina Bodoni, 1973.
2 volumes, 8vo, 280; 122 pp. With 68 hand-colored woodcuts in volume one. Original vellum boards stamped in gilt, green morocco backstrips, in flawless condition as issued in slipcase.
§ Limited to 160 copies, this is #42. This book has become hard to find in fine condition, as the green morocco tends to fade. This was one of the most beautiful illustrated books of the 15th century, printed by Giovanni Alvise of Verona between 1478 and 1480. Alvise was also the inventor of the first typographic ornaments, and the woodcuts, attributed to the outstanding miniaturist of contemporary Verona, are surrounded by borders of printer's flowers. The first volume has 66 hand-colored woodcuts recut by Anna Bramanti with the coloring carried out in Paris by Atelier Daniel Jacomet. The second volume has sixty fables in Caxton's translation, followed by six missing in Caxton and translated here from the Latin. Due to its extraordinary beauty as well as scholarly value, it is in many ways the epitome of what a private press book should be. Huttner and Kelly, Century, #78. Item #122904