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  • Vita et Fabulae.


  • This is the second Augsburg edition of the Fables of Aesop, translated from Latin into German by Heinrich Steinhöwel. It is illustrated with 208 woodcuts, cut in the Augsburg style, which is characterized by thick contour lines outlining the figures, a reliance on white space rather than highly detailed embellishment to decorate the image, and little background or landscape to create perspective. The publishing history of the Fables is extensive. Over 150 separate editions of the work were printed between 1465 and 1501. Little is known of Aesop's life, but he is believed to have been a slave who lived during the sixth century BC. He himself did not write down the fables. They became part of the oral tradition of storytelling and were eventually recorded by his contemporaries. The uncomplicated moral lessons that are related in Aesop's Fables have captured the imagination of generations of artists, who have used his stories as a way to teach moral lessons to children of all cultures and nationalities. World Digital Library.


  • Aesop.
  • Avianus.
  • Petrus Alfonsi, 1062-1110?
  • Rinuccio, d'Arezzo, approximately 1395-
  • Romulus.
  • Bozérian, le jeune, 1765-1826, binder.
  • Bracciolini, Poggio, 1380-1459.
  • Bruni, Leonardo, 1369-1444.
  • Sorg, Anton, active 15th century, printer.
  • Steinhöwel, Heinrich, 1412-1482? translator.
  • Wyle, Niklas von, 1410?-1479?, translator.
  • Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • [Augsburg, Anton Sorg, ca. 1479]


  • -  Fables, German
  • -  Fables, Greek--Translations into German
  • -  Fables, Latin--Translations into German
  • -  Germany--Augsburg


  • Incunabula--Germany--Augsburg--1479


  • -  Compiled and translated by Heinrich Steinhöwel.
  • -  Contains Vita Aesopi, after the version of Rinuccio; Fabulae, after the version of Romulus; Fabulae extravagantes; Fabulae novae, after the version of Rinuccio; Fabulae, by Avianus; Fabulae collectae, by Petrus Alfonsi, Poggio, and others; De duobus amantibus, by Leonardo Aretino Bruni (translated by Niclas von Wyle).
  • -  LC copy bound in dark blue morocco by Bozerian jeune.
  • -  Some errors in foliation.
  • -  Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 353
  • -  Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, A-120
  • -  Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 75
  • -  Reichling, D. Appendices ad Hainii-Copingeri Repertorium bibliographicum, 333
  • -  Schramm, IV, p. 50
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.


  • [37], xxviii [i.e. cxxviii], [15] leaves. woodcuts: illus., initials. 30 cm. (fol.)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Incun. X .A28

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 47043560

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  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Aesop, Avianus, ? Petrus Alfonsi, D'Arezzo Rinuccio, Romulus, Le Jeune Bozérian, Poggio Bracciolini, et al. Vita et Fabulae. translateds by Wyle, Niklas Von, 1410?-1479?Lator [Augsburg, Anton Sorg, 1479] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Aesop, Avianus, Petrus Alfonsi, ?., Rinuccio, D., Romulus, Bozérian, L. J. [...] Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. (1479) Vita et Fabulae. Wyle, N. V., trans [Augsburg, Anton Sorg] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Aesop, et al. Vita et Fabulae. trans by Wyle, Niklas Von, 1410?-1479?Lator [Augsburg, Anton Sorg, 1479] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.