Madrid: Marés y Compañía, plazuela de la Cebada, núm. 13, 1864. 43.5x30.5cm: Broadside of thirty woodcut illustrations of Aesop’s Fables. Foxing and toning present, with two small internal holes on old folds. Bottom right corner bent, and tear to the left side at center fold. Four small tears (two at the top and two at the bottom) previously reinforced with tape.
A large collection (65) of broadsides with similar woodcut illustrations on various topics by Marés is held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Marés seems to have been an active artist from 1850-1870 producing many broadsides out of Madrid, but little else was found on him. Compelling and recognizable illustrations with brief descriptions and the moral in Spanish underneath. Some of the more popular fables included are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Crow, and the Lion and the Mouse. Our favorite illustration is of the Monkey and the Dolphin. Better than Very Good.