The Fables of Aesop, with a Life of the Author; and Embellished with one Hundred & twelve Plates.

  • Aesop
  • London: Printed for John Stockdale 1793
  • ESTC T84992.

£500

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Description

FIRST STOCKDALE EDITION, 2 vols., large 8vo, pp. lxv, [i], 189 (misnumbered 891), [1]; xi, [i], 248, [2, ads] + engraved title-page in each vol. and 110 other plates. Partially unopened in original blue paper boards backed in white paper, spines lettered in ink. Lightly toned and spotted throughout, some marginal dampmarking to plates. A bit soiled, spines worn with substantial areas of paper loss.

Notes

Some thirty different engravers contributed work to this elaborately illustrated edition, which as a luxury production was often finely bound, making it unusual to find in original condition like this. The advertisement for the edition listed Blake among the engravers, but none of the plates that appear were signed by him; he did contribute to Stockdale's edition of Gay's Fables in the same year.

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