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The Fables.

With a Life of the Author: and Embellished with one Hundred & twelve Plates.

Published: London: for John Stockdale, 1793

Stock code: 96973

Price: £1,200

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First Stockdale edition of Samuel Croxall’s translation, first published in 1722, “a work of morality and Whiggish politics” (ODNB) which by 1793 had already enjoyed several reprints. The engraved plates are by thirty different engravers; four are unsigned. Bentley mentions that the work was advertised at the end of the second volume of Gay’s 1793 Fables as containing Blake engravings, though there are no signed Blake plates in the present copy. See Bentley Blake Books 460 (note).

2 volumes, octavo (262 159mm). Early 20th-century red half morocco by J. Haines of Liverpool, spine lettered and decorated in gilt with compartments separated by raised bands; red, white and green silk endbands. Engraved vignette title pages, 110 engraved plates by Skelton, Cooper, Grainger, Gyde, Champman and others after Barlow following Metz and Stothard’s reproductions of the polyglot 1666 edition. Laid in carte-de-visite of Allan H. Bright. Edges foxed, occasional light spotting to text, heavier towards front and rear of both volumes, some offsetting from plates but an excellent copy.

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