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BEWICK'S SELECT FABLES of Aesop and Others. - Aesop, et al - 1871. 
London: Bickers and Son, . Full leather. Near Fine with no dust jacket.. Bewick's Select Fables of Aesop and Others. In Three Parts. I. Fables Extracted from Dodsley's. II. Fables with Reflections in Prose and Verse. III. Fables in Verse. To Which are Prefixed The Life of Aesop, and an Essay upon Fable by Oliver Goldsmith. Faithfully Reprinted from the Newcastle Edition Published by T. Saint in 1784. With the Original Wood Engravings by Thomas Bewick, and an Illustrated Preface by Edwin Pearson. Complete single volume. 12mo (7 1/4 in. tall); xl 312. Full green morocco with elaborately gilt bordered panels with gilt turn-ins plus spine with gilt decorated compartments and raised bands. All edges gilt. Frontispiece, preface illustrations, vignette per fable and tailpieces are wood engravings from the original blocks by Thomas Bewick. Opens with Preface to 1871 Edition. Closes with Index. Tight, square and clean binding. Spine ends intact. Corners square. Gilt decorations bright. Gilt edges lustrous. Clean marbled endpapers. Smooth, heavy-stock pages largely pristine and unmarred with no bookplate, writing, marks, tears or folds; no loose pages. Appears unread. Protected in clear dust wrapper. Spine with light rubbing; half-title gutter foxed; preliminaries and rear pages with trivial foxing. Finely bound very nearly fine illustrated classic that presents well. Ancient Greek storyteller Aesop (circa 620-560 B.C.E.) is thought to have created Western civilizations first morality tales. Regarded the father of modern wood engraving, Thomas Bewick halted the decline of engraving and brought to it new expressive possibilities.
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