Parmae: In Aedibus Palatinis, Typis Bodonianis, 1793. First Bodoni edition. It was reprinted in 1796. Faerno’s Centum Fabulae was first published by Vicenzo Luchino in 1564 with illustrations by Pirro Ligorio. A list of twenty other editions of Centum Fabulae is included at the end of the present work (pp. 141-147). Unfortunately, we were not able to identify the illustrator of this edition, and no illustrator is noted in Brooks. We cannot confirm it, but this edition may be the first appearance of these illustrations, as many earlier editions reproduced the original Ligorio illustrations. Richly illustrated with forty-nine engraved plates (including frontispiece). Occasional light foxing. Tasteful twentieth century bookplate of German-Brazilian book collector Herbert Eberhard Hering. A very good, fresh, and very bright copy of this lovely edition of Faerno’s rendering of Aesopian fables printed by Giambattista Bodoni. Early twentieth century brown leather, gilt ruled, over marbled boards. Gilt spine with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Quarto. 3, xii, 160 pp. Item #16776
Gabriele Faerno (ca. 1510 – 1561), also known as Faernus Cremonensis after his birthplace of Cremona, was a poet and scholar who was employed in the collation of ancient manuscripts at the Vatican Library. He corrected Roman classics, including the works of Cicero and Terence, which were published in 1563 and 1565, respectively. Faerno was also a friend of Pope Pius IV and his nephew Cardinal Charles Borromeo, the Archbishop of Milan.
Giambattista Bodoni (1740 – 1813) printed the present work just a few years after the Duke of Parma furnished with a larger press, which allowed Bodoni to branch out past his projects for the duke. The present work was also contemporary with two of Bodoni’s most famous and most highly lauded publications: his fine editions of Horace in 1791 and Virgil in 1793. Brooks, 520. Brunet II, 1160.