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Aesopus moralisatus


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Description This edition of Aesop’s Fables was created soon after the invention of the printing press around 1455 and would have been very expensive. The delicate paper pages were sold without a binding. In this example, a 12th-century parchment page from a large Talmud, a legal text that explains how the commandments in the Torah are to be carried out, was reused to create a sturdy binding and flyleaves to protect the new book. It is likely that the binder could not read the Aramaic text and simply regarded the page as a strong and decorative material. Today this is recognized to be a rare early fragment of a Talmud, making the binding more precious than the book it encases.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for digitization
12/31/1969Treatmentbinding stabilized; re-housed; tears repaired
6/10/2016Treatmentbinding stabilized; examined for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling. 2016.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters between 1895 and 1931

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Period
Printed book: 1495; Parchment binding: ca. 1200
Medium
ink on paper bound with parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
91.12
Measurements
Page H: 8 × W: 6 3/16 in. (20.3 × 15.7 cm)
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Not On View

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