Aesop is said to have lived about 620–560 BC and to have been a slave on the Greek Island of Samos, later freed by his master Iadmon. Aesop compiled fables, which may originally have been passed down through oral tradition. They were among the first illustrated printed books to be produced. The earliest known example was produced in Bamberg, Germany, in 1461.
Aesop's Fables have long been a resource for moralists and story-tellers, and popular subjects for illustration aimed at both children and adults. They were among the first illustrated printed books to be produced; the earliest known example was produced in Bamberg, Germany, in 1461. The National Art Library’s collection of illustrated Fables ranges from the 15th century to the present day.
Aesopus Moralisatus (Aesop's Fables)
Turn the pages of Aesopus Moralisatus, an edition of Aesop's Fables published in 1485 by Francesco del Tuppo (1443–1501) in Naples, Italy. The text, short versions of the fables in Latin and Italian, and explanations linking each fable to contemporary political events in Italy, is accompanied by woodcut illustrations.
Aesop's Fables: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep.
Aesop's Fables: The Frogs Desiring a King
The Frogs were living as happy as could be in a marshy swamp that just suited them; they went splashing about caring for nobody and nobody troubling with them. But some of them thought that this was not right, that they should have a king and a proper constitution, so they determined to send up a petition to Jove to give them what they wanted
Aesop's Fables: The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
A Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin in the country. He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely.