Esopo Historiado (Aesop Illustrated)

Aesopus Moralisatus

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 15th century, Author Aesop, Printer Manfredus de Bonellis de Monteferrato (Italian, active 1491–1500)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Goff A-154; Essling 363; Sander 69; BMC V 505; GW 437


Overall: 19.3 x 14.8 x 3.5 cm (7 5/8 x 5 13/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 65 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice, Manfredus de Bonellis, de Monteferrato, 27 June 1497) Quarto; 72 leaves; contemporary Venetian blind-stamped calf binding, brass corners and bosses; tan varnished board slipcase.

Selected illustrations: Scholar and students (title, fol. a1r); rat and frog (a4v/4v); marriage (?-fol. a8v/8v); peacock (c5v/37v); animals (f7r/47r)

Venice, Manfredus de Bonellis, de Monteferrato, 27 June 1497


William H. Schab, New York, from whom purchased by MFA December 9, 1954.

Credit Line

Special Print Fund and Harvey D. Parker Fund, by exchange