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The Fables of Aesop with a Life of the Author

( Samuel CROXALL, trans. ) ( William Blake, illus. ) AESOP

Embellished with One Hundred and Twelve Plates. [Translation by Samuel Croxall.]


Published: Printed for John Stockdale Piccadilly

Stock code: 41457

Price: £1,600.00

WITH THE FINE ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE OF RAWSON BODDAM CROZIER [1775-1849] ON FRONT PASTE-DOWNS. FIRST EDITION OF THIS SELECTION. Large Paper copies are invariably [as here] the first issue with uncorrected page numeral [891] on p.198, and issued without Stockdale's later advertisement leaf for his edition of Gay's Fables. This selection comprises 110 fables, each illustrated with a superb full-page engraving by Blake, Clarke, Eastgate, Grainger, Landseer, Stothard and several other artists. Croxall compiled his translation (first published in 1722) to rival the well-known version of Roger L'Estrange (first published 1692, many times reprinted and prior to Croxall the well-nigh 'standard' text). Croxall accuses his predecessor of Jacobite tendencies, but has himself not resisted the temptation to incorporate political overtones into what is primarily a children's book. A SPLENDID COPY OF THE FIRST STOCKDALE EDITION AND SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION.