Vita di Esopo...Venice: Appresso Francesco Ziletti, 1580. [with:] Favole di Esopo Frigio, Prudente, & faceto fauolatore, alle quale di nuono sono aggionte molte altre d’alcuni belli ingegni.

Venice: Appresso Francesco Ziletti 1580. Early Landi edition, translated from Maximus Planudes’ (Manuel Planudes, b. 1260) Latin edition, containing “The Life of Aesop” and 400 of Aesop’s Fables. The first Landi edition was published in 1545. Planudes’ Life was prefixed Illustrated with 120 woodcuts by Johann Krieger. Engraved vignette title-pages and colophon Vellum slightly soiled and creased. Small tear to rear cover with a small loss of vellum. Intermittent light dampstaining, intruding into text but never affecting legibility. Small hole to pp. 157-158 with loss of a few letters. Contemporary ink inscription on verso of title-page and terminal blank. A very good copy Contemporary vellum, front cover and spine lettered in contemporary ink manuscript. Two volumes in one,with 414, [17], [1, colophon] (Item ID: 16566)


Count Giulio Landi (1500-1580) was born in Piacenza. He studied philosophy, rhetoric, Greek, and Latin and earned a law degree in Rome. Landi was also a member of the Collegio dei Magnifici Dottori and Giudici. While in Paris in 1519, he met Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples (1450-1536/38), Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536), and Josse Clichtove (1472-1543), who influenced the pre-reformist tendencies that can be found in much of his work, including Insulae Materiae Descriptio (1534). Insulae, composed in Latin and a mixture of both narrative and treatise, describes the Island of Madeira and has led many to believe that Landi actually stayed there, likely between 1525 and 1529. He also wrote La Vita di Cleopatra (1551).

OCLC lists four copies, only one in the United States at UCLA

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