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The Fables of Aesop Paraphrased in Verse: Adorn'd with Sculpture, and Illustrated with Annotations. The Second Edition.

Aesopic's: or a Second Collection of Fables, Paraphras'd in Verse: Adorn'd with Sculpture, and Illustrated with Annotations.
Androcleus or, the Roman Slave
The Ephesian Matron: or Widows Tears

Illustrated by Francis Barlow (English, 1626–1702), Etched by Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian (active in Germany, Netherlands, England), 1607–1677), Etched by Dirck Stoop (Dutch, about 1618–after 1681?), Etched by Richard Gaywood (English, active 1650–1680), Author Aesop, Author John Ogilby (English, 1600–1676), Printer Thomas Roycroft (English, died in 1677)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Wing A697-698; Pennington, Hollar, 333-418; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, [Stoop] pp. 122-23, nos. 39-62


Overall: 41.5 x 28.3 x 7 cm (16 5/16 x 11 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 150 etchings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: Thomas Roycroft, 1668) Folio; (Part One) 108 leaves, plus plates, (Part Two) 116 leaves, plus plates; contemporary gilt-stamped brown calf (rebacked).

Illustrations to fables

London: Thomas Roycroft, 1668


Pauncefort-Duncombe of Brickhill Manor [bookplate]; Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, by whom given to MFA, September 28, 1988.

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow in memory of Paul Bernat