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    [John] Gay. BOOKPLATE. Fables. London: J. Tonson and J. Watts, 1728. Second edition. Octavo. [xiv], 194 pages. With fifty beautiful engraving depicting each fable, a frontispiece, and ornamental devices throughout. Full period mottled calf with gilt ruling and morocco label with gilt titles to spine. Covers and extremities somewhat worn with a few corners exposed, the others retipped. Spine rebacked, but with rubbing an cracking to both hinges and a significant crack down its middle. Later endpapers. A spot of nibbling to the tail of the spine at rear. With the bookplate of Augustine Birrell, early 20th-century English statesmen and husband to the widow of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's son, Lionel. A beautifully-designed book with wonderful illustrations and ample margins. Very good.

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