Title: Aesop’s Fables
Author: Aesop, Munro Leaf (trans), Robert Lawson (illus)
Publisher: The Easton Press, 1979
Condition: Full leather, hardcover. In very good condition except for minor shelf-wear and tiny stain on back cover. Pages are perfect and unblemished – probably never read.
A beautiful collector’s edition, this book features:
- Full brown top-grade leather binding
- Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
- Silk moire endsheets
- Satin bookmark, sewn-in
- Hubbed spine with raised bands
- Smyth-sewn binding for durability
- Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow
Tradition has it that Aesop was a freed Phrygian slave living in the 6th century BC, making this the world’s oldest collection of stories. Originally orally transmitted, there are over 300 fables, many of which have become proverbial to us – ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’, ‘The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ for example.
According to Life of Aesop (an ancient account), Aesop was born an ugly mute slave, but was granted the power to speak and craft fables in return for his generosity to one of the attendants of the goddess Isis.