Title Quaedam ex Colloquiis Corderii, Fabulis Aesopi, & Colloquiis Erasmi Selectae. with English Translations, as Literal as Possible; to which are added A Few of Erasmus's Familiaria Colloquia, without Translation. Intended for the Use of Schools on this Continent. Approved of and Recommended by the Professors and Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, of the College and Academy and also of the Episcopal Academy, both of Philadelphia, of Princeton College in New-Jersey, and of Washington College in Maryland; and for Them Printed, under the Direction of Mr. James Davidson, Professor of Humanity in the College of Philadelphia.
Book Condition Good
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin Bache. 1789
Seller ID 2045502
First edition. Rebound in new leather, with new endpapers. Two gatherings proud at fore-edge but holding firmly, minimal tears along edges and loss from marginal corners of a few pages, ink name (Charles Thompson) appears on title page, on blank following Aesop's fables (dated 1802), and twice on final page of text. An unscrupulous individual at some point in the past excised the bottom margin of the title page in such a way that 'Benjamin Franklin' remains visible, but 'Bache.' is lost from the publisher's name, most likely to create the illusion that the elder Franklin printed this in the year before his death. 1789 Full-Leather. -60; 1-23; -60; 1-27; -76 pp. 12mo. bound in sixes. Selections from the works of Corderus, Aesop, and Erasmus, presented in the original Latin, some with and some without English translations by H. Clarke. Erasmus and Corderus (also known as Mathurin Cordier) were both 15th century humanists and theologians. Aesop is of course well-known for his numerous animal fables, written 500-600 years BCE. 137 of his fables are offered here, more than half with translations. The Corderus and Aesop sections present Latin original and English translation in series, while the Erasmus section presents them in parallel (with the exception of the Familiaria Colloquia, which is not translated). This compilation was designed for use by students, and was published in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin Bache, the grandson of Benjamin Franklin, a journalist often referred to as 'Lightning Rod Junior'. This publication preceded his founding of The Philadelphia Aurora newspaper by one year, and was likely among his earliest publications, released when he was just 20 years old. 9 located in OCLC, none at auction or in the trade.