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Fabulae aesopiae

Franc. Josephi Desbillons Soc. Jesu fabulae aesopiae

Illustrated by Egid Verhelst II (German, 1733–1818), Author François Joseph Terrasse Desbillons (French, 1711–1789), Author Aesop

Place of Publication: Mannheim, Germany

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet II, 607


Overall (each volume): 19 x 12.5 x 3.2 cm (7 1/2 x 4 15/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 16 etchings and engravings and numerous woodcut vignettes

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Mannheim: Typis Academicis, 1768) Octavo, two volumes; [vol. 1] 174 leaves, plus plates [vol. 2] 162 leaves, plus plates; contemporary gilt-stamped brown calf

Illustrated fables

Mannheim: Typis Academicis, 1768


Acquired in 1912 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent