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Aesop.
The Fables of Aesop with a Life of the Author; and Embellished with one hundred and twelve plates.
1793. London: Printed for John Stockdale, Picadilly, 1793. 2 vols. roy. 8vo, (2), lxv, (3), 189; (2), xi, (1), 248 pp. Engraved title pages and 110 engravings. Early half red morocco, gilt backstrips, raised bands, marbled boards and edges; a gorgeous copy with superb impressions of the plates in virtually perfect condition. Armorial bookplate of John Ashley Warre in both volumes. § First edition, first issue, easily identified because it uses the long "s" throughout and the second does not; large-paper copy measuring 10 1/4 x 6 1/4. The illustrations were all based on those of Francis Barlow in his great edition of 1666 (which survives primarily in the reprint of 1687), with the clothing of the depicted humans updated to the late 18th century. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 1.
Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller [U.S.A.]

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