Fables of Aesop and Others
( Samuel CROXALL, trans. ) AESOP
REMARKABLY BRIGHT, CRISP COPY OF THE FIRST CROXALL AESOP
Published: Printed for J. Tonson and J. Watts, 1722
Stock code: 41456
8vo., First Edition thus, with engraved frontispiece, title in red and black, and 196 fine woodcuts in the text, neat contemporary inscription on blank preliminary; attractively bound in eighteenth century full speckled calf, boards with gilt frame border, back with raised bands, second compartment with red leather label lettered and ruled in gilt, all other compartments ruled in gilt, red sprinkled edges, expertly rebacked with old backstrip laid down, a remarkably bright, crisp copy.
FIRST EDITION OF THIS SELECTION AND TRANSLATION BY SAMUEL CROXALL. Croxall compiled his translation to rival the well-known version of Roger L'Estrange (first published 1692, many times reprinted and prior to this edition 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. The present selection includes no fewer than 196 fables, each illustrated by a charming and well-executed woodcut, several of which were later used as models by Bewick. The frontispiece of Aesop orating is after Vandergucht. An immediate and popular success, Croxall's edition was itself many times reissued, remaining in print until well into the latter half of the nineteenth century and today probably his best-remembered work. AN EXCELLENT COPY OF AN IMPORTANT EDITION AND EXTREMELY SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION.