Fabulae Aesopi Selectae or Select Fables of Aesop; with an English Translation, More Literal than Any Yet Extant Designed for the Readier Instruction of Beginners in the Latin Tongue. By H. Clarke, teacher of the Latin language.

Philadelphia: Printed for Bennett and Walton, C. and A. Conrad and Co. B.B. Hopkins and Co. Johnson and Warner, M. Carey, T. and W. Bradford, Edward Earle, and Stephen Pike, Booksellers. Lydia R. Bailey, printer, 1810. A later edition by the prominent American female printer Lydia Bailey. The first edition was published in Dublin in 1732. The first Boston edition was published in 1787. Binding extremities worn and rubbed. Small portion of head of spine worn away. Contemporary ink annotations and signature on front end pastedown. Contemporary ink signatures on front fly leaf. Additional annotation on back end pastedown. Staining to preliminary and terminal blanks. Intermittent foxing. A good copy. Brown calf. Octavo. vi, 7-155, + [3, publisher's ads], complete. Item #16119

H. Clarke was master of the public grammar school at Islington. His book is a bilingual edition of Aesop's Fables in both Latin and English, printed in double columns. He used Aesop's Fables as a teaching tool because he felt that "things relating to instruction cannot well be made too easy" and that the best way for a student to become acquainted with a new language was by reading a lot of verbal translation. Clark thought that if students were first to become familiar with individual words in a foreign language that they would make greater progress; on the other hand, he was certain that forcing them to attempt the construction of phrases too soon would prove difficult and confusing.

Lydia Bailey (1779-1869) transformed her husband's struggling printing enterprise into a highly prosperous one. She had contracts with many government agencies, banks, and the University of Pennsylvania. Bailey also printed material for churches and charities. Eventually, her print shop was one of the largest and most successful in Philadelphia. OCLC lists fifteen copies of this edition.

Price: $300.00

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