Laurentius's Phaedrus (1667)

Phaedri Fabularum libri quinque: The Five Books of the Fables of Phaedrus, edited by Johannes Laurentius with engravings by Christopher Hagens, published in 1667.

online source: Internet Archive

This book is in Latin, so for the text I have used Christopher Smart's verse translation of Phaedrus, which you can find at Project Gutenberg. Smart omits some fables that he found to be too crude, including the woman in childbirth, the ass insulting the boar, the ominous sheep (one of my personal favorites), and the dog ambassadors to Jupiter (another personal favorite). I will find other translations to use for those.

Here's a random image from the book:


1.01. THE WOLF AND THE LAMB.
1.02. THE FROGS DESIRING A KING.
1.03. THE VAIN JACKDAW.
1.04. THE DOG IN THE RIVER.
1.05. THE HEIFER, GOAT, SHEEP, AND LION.
1.06. THE FROGS AND SUN.
1.07. THE FOX AND THE TRAGIC MASK.
1.08. THE WOLF AND CRANE.
1.09. THE HARE AND THE SPARROW.
1.10. THE WOLF AND FOX, WITH THE APE FOR JUDGE.
1.11. THE ASS AND THE LION HUNTING.
1.12. THE STAG AT THE FOUNTAIN.
1.13. THE FOX AND THE CROW.
1.14. THE COBBLER TURNED DOCTOR.
1.15. THE SAPIENT ASS.
1.16. THE SHEEP, THE STAG, AND THE WOLF.
1.17. THE SHEEP, THE DOG, AND THE WOLF.
1.18.  THE BITCH AND HER PUPPIES.
1.19. THE HUNGRY DOGS.
1.20. THE OLD LION.
1.21. THE MAN AND THE WEASEL.
1.22. THE FAITHFUL HOUSE-DOG.
1.23. THE PROUD FROG.
1.24. THE DOG AND THE CROCODILE.
1.25. THE FOX AND THE STORK.
1.26. THE DOG, TREASURE, AND VULTURE.
1.27. THE FOX AND EAGLE.
1.28. THE FROGS AND BULLS.
1.29. THE KITE AND THE DOVES.
2.01. THE JUDICIOUS LION.
2.02. THE BALD-PATE DUPE.
2.03. THE MAN AND THE DOG.
2.04. THE EAGLE, THE CAT, AND THE SOW.
2.05. CÆSAR AND HIS SLAVE.
2.06. THE EAGLE, CARRION CROW, AND TORTOISE.
2.07. THE MULES AND ROBBERS.
2.08. THE STAG AND THE OXEN.
3.01. THE OLD WOMAN AND EMPTY CASK.
3.02. THE PANTHER AND SHEPHERDS.
3.03. THE APE’S HEAD.
3.04. ESOP AND THE INSOLENT FELLOW.
3.05. THE FLY AND THE MULE.
3.06. THE DOG AND THE WOLF.
3.07. THE BROTHER AND SISTER.
3.08. A SAYING OF SOCRATES.
3.09. OF DOUBT AND CREDULITY.
3.10. THE COCK AND THE PEARL.
3.11. THE BEES AND THE DRONES.
3.12. ESOP PLAYING.
3.13. THE DOG AND THE LAMB.
3.14. THE OWL AND THE GRASSHOPPER.
3.15. THE TREES PROTECTED.
3.16. JUNO AND THE PEACOCK.
3.17. ESOP AND THE IMPORTUNATE FELLOW.
3.18. THE ASS AND PRIESTS OF CYBELE.
4.01. THE WEAZEL AND MICE.
4.02. THE FOX AND THE GRAPES.
4.03. THE HORSE AND BOAR.
4.04. ESOP AND THE WILL.
4.05. THE BATTLE OF THE MICE AND WEASELS.
4.06. THE VIPER AND THE FILE.
4.07. THE FOX AND THE GOAT.
4.08. THE TWO BAGS.
4.09. THE SACRILEGIOUS THIEF.
4.10. HERCULES AND PLUTUS.
4.11. THE HE-GOATS AND SHE-GOATS.
4.12. THE PILOT AND SAILORS.
4.13. THE MAN AND THE ADDER.
4.14. THE FOX AND THE DRAGON.
4.15. THE SHIPWRECK OF SIMONIDES.
4.16. THE MOUNTAIN IN LABOR.
4.17. THE ANT AND THE FLY.
4.18. THE ESCAPE OF SIMONIDES.
5.01. DEMETRIUS AND MENANDER.
5.02. THE THIEF AND THE TRAVELLERS.
5.03. THE BALD MAN AND THE FLY.
5.04. THE MAN AND THE ASS.
5.05. THE BUFFOON AND COUNTRY-FELLOW.
5.06. THE TWO BALD MEN.
5.07. PRINCE THE PIPER.
5.08. OPPORTUNITY.
5.09. THE BULL AND THE CALF.
5.10. THE OLD DOG AND THE HUNTSMAN.

Here's a random fable from the book:



1 comment:

  1. What a delight, finding your blog on a smokey Northern Cal Sunday morning!

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