Aesop's Fables: With a Life of Aesop


A lively translation of the 1489 collection of fables that became the most read book in Spain for three centuries. See other books in the series Studies in Romance Languages.

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A lively translation of the 1489 collection of fables that became the most read book in Spain for three centuries. See other books in the series Studies in Romance Languages.

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"Universal lessons for any age and any culture." -- Library Journal

Library Journal
The first English translation of the earliest complete Aesop in Spain, this volume boasts nearly 200 woodcuts from the 1489 edition of Jan Hurus. Among the more than 150 Aesopic and ``tagalong'' fables, there are universal lessons for ``any age and any culture''--as well as a good deal of culturally specific misogyny, anticlericalism, etc. Just as historically significant as the fables and illustrations is the picaresque invention called the ``Life'' of Aesop, an episodic and fanciful creation that marks a step in the development of fiction. The text is rendered in modern English, but with touches of the formal diction and structure of the source. The brief Introduction sketches the history of Aesop's fables; the authors' confidence that Hurus's edition was not a translation from a contemporary German Aesop but from the earlier Latin translation of d'Arezzo is stated rather than supported. Notes are conspicuously lacking, but there is a brief bibliography. This collection will chiefly interest scholars of the period or of illustration.-- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle
The first question, of course, is how Aesop's fables got into Spanish in the first place. In 1489, Johan Hurus translated it from the Latin. It became the best selling book in Spain and Latin America for three centuries, the tales and woodcuts influencing Spanish literature, and the fictional biography of the Greek fabler contributed to the development of medieval romance and the picaresque novel. The first English translation is in readable prose, and includes the illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813118123
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Studies in Romance Languages
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.29 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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