Lyon: Ioan. Tornaesium, 1579.
Title page bears portrait of Aesop, and there are 110 woodcuts throughout the text after Bernard Salomon, one of the most famous designers and engravers of 16th Century. 637, (18 index) pages, all in Latin. Thick 32mo, bound by Rene Kieffer in older full plum levant with triple gilt-ruled spine, borders and dentelles; marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Lugdoni: Apud Ioan. Tornaesium, 1579. Some wear to the leather at joints, but solid and all pages are remarkably clean. Scarce. OCLC lists only 7 copies.
The most lavishly illustrated De Tournes edition of Aesop, including nine subjects not in the 1564 edition. "The text follows Camerarius' edition of Leipzig, 1564, and included numerous fables from other sources. Following the Life are 510 Aesopic Fables, of which the first 145 are those traditionally attributed to Aesop himself; the rest Camerarius gathered from various sources including Gabrias (i.e. Babrius) and Avienus. This portion is followed by fables from miscellaneous sources; Plato, Plutarch, herodotus, Livy, and Gellius, while "modern" humanist fabulists are represented by Poliziano, Erasmus, and Nicolaus Gerbelius, et al." --Schreiber; Cartier 543; Adams; A-300 (1571 ed).
Illustrator: Bernard Salomon