15. Aesop’s Fables

15a–d.
Four editions of Aesop’s Fables, eighteenth century
a. Aesopi Phrygis et aliorum Fabulae, quorum nomina sequens pagella indicabit, elegantissimis iconibus in gratiam studiosae juventutis illustratae (Bassano: Giovanni Antonio Remondini, n.d. [ca. 1700?]).
b. Aesopi Phrygis et aliorum Fabulae, quorum nomina sequens pagella indicabit, elegantissimis iconibus in gratiam studiosae juventutis illustratae (Venice: Domenico Lovisa, n.d.).
c. Aesopi Phrygis et aliorum Fabulae, quorum nomina sequens pagella indicabit, elegantissimis iconibus in gratiam studiosae juventutis illustratae (Venice: Bartolomeo Occhi, 1777), copy of the Remondini edition (a).
d. Aesopi Phrygis et aliorum Fabulae, quorum nomina sequens pagella indicabit, elegantissimis iconibus in gratiam studiosae juventutis illustratae (Naples: Vincenzo Lorenzo, 1781).
Gregory Carlson Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, Creighton University

Giovanni Antonio Remondini (1634–1715) launched the family business in 1657 when he opened a printing shop in Bassano. His edition of Aesop’s Fables was precisely the sort of accessible, popular offering—even in Latin—that would anchor the firm’s inventories for the next two centuries. The connections between these four editions of the classic text underscore the degree to which the copying of others’ products was widespread practice throughout the early modern period.

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