Bologna: Lelio dalla Volpe, 1739. This is an interesting collection of 100 original fables by Giovanni Grisostomo Trombelli (1697-1784), a professor and theologian from the University of Bologna. Trombelli was a patristic scholar who also wrote a much-reprinted treatise on the dating of manuscripts. Engraved title-page vignette and five etchings in the text. Occasional light foxing, some soiling to boards, some light early ink numerals on the back cover. A very good copy. Original limp boards, uncut. Octavo. 134,  pp. Item #16995
Fables were a popular form of literature throughout the eighteenth century. They included work by writers indebted to classical examples like La Fontaine and Phaedrus, as well as writers who wrote original fables. Trombelli did both. He translated Greek fables, as well as Phaedrus, Avainaus, and Faerno. In the present work, which includes his original fables, he arranges his material in five sections, each dedicated to a fellow professor. Some of his fables are accompanied by mottos, similar to emblems, one deals with a traveler to America, and he concludes with a bilingual version of two fables by de La Motte, in French and Italian on facing pages.
This is an uncommon book. We could not locate any copies in the trade recently, and we found no auction records. OCLC notes copies at Harvard, Toronto, Delaware, Princeton, and the British Library. Canterzani, Cat dei libri... dalla Volpe, p. 93, 12.