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A Moral Fable-Talk, Illustrated by Marcus Gheeraerts , Arion Press, 378 of 400



A Moral Fable-Talk

Translated from the Latin of Arnold Freitag by Arthur Golding

Illustrated with 125 Etchings by Marcus Gheeraerts

Arion Press, 1987, 378 of 400

MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging

This is a signed limited edition of “A Moral Fable-Talk” published by the Arion Press in 1987 with a limitation of 400 copies with this being number 378. From the publisher, “Through an enduring interest in the works of Arthur Golding, Andrew Hoyem learned of an unpublished manuscript of 125 Aesopic fables by the English Renaissance writer in the collection of Columbia University. A photocopy of the holograph was obtained, and the help of Professor Richard G. Barnes of Pomona College was enlisted. Dr. Barnes' original scholarship provided the necessary basis for this first edition of a work by a master of the English language 400 years after it was written. Balancing the five traditional textual elements against the images of an emblem book was an exciting typographic challenge for the Press. The very early (and rare) etchings of Gheeraerts appeared in French and Latin editions of the book in the sixteenth century and now join the English in the twentieth.”

The book measures 8” x 6” with 356 pages and contains an introduction, notes, and glossary by Richard G. Barnes. The binding is a tan goatskin spine and corners with cloth sides. The type is Monotype Garamont with photo-engraved plates that were printed on Ingres d'Arches mouldmade paper.

Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.

The book is in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.

A stock publisher’s photograph of the binding, the front cover of the prospectus, and an image from the prospectus appear in the photo section of the listing.

About the Arion Press

Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."