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Aesop; Roger L'Estrange, transl., Stephen Gooden, illus.
Aesop's fables.
London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1936. 4to (25.9 cm, 10.2"). Engr. t.-p. (incl. in pagination), 312, [2] pp.; 11 plts. First edition with Gooden's lively illustrations. This loving type-facsimile of the seventh edition of L'Estrange's translation (first printed in 1724) is here => enhanced by 12 gorgeously engraved copperplates from Stephen Gooden — a title-page and 11 full-page plates — as well as his original decorative capitals inspired by period examples. This is numbered copy 197 of 525 printed on paper, signed at the colophon by the artist. Binding: Publisher's vellum, covers framed in gilt double rolls with bunch-of-grape motifs in corners; on the front cover, a small central gilt fox stretches and strains — hopelessly, of course! — to reach the grapes in the top fore-edge corner. "Watercolor" marbled endpapers in tones of rose with touches of blue, top edges gilt. In original publisher's paper-covered slipcase. Bound as as above, bright spine with one small light spot and one short dark streak of discoloration, gilt a little faded; boards very slightly sprung with tiny spots of discoloration here and there; slipcase (only) worn, darkened, and with some careful strengthening. Some minor offsetting from plates, pages otherwise very clean. => Delightful.
Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M) [United States]
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