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    Stockdale's Fables of Aesop and Gay's Fables,
    with Twelve Plates Engraved and Illustrated
    by William Blake

    Aesop. The Fables of Aesop, With a Life of the Author; and Embellished with one Hundred & Twelve Plates. [Together with:] [William Blake, illustrator]. John Gay. Fables... With a Life of the Author and embellished with Seventy Plates. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1793. First Stockdale editions. Together, four quarto volumes (large paper editions). Lxv, [1, blank], 189, [1, blank]; xi, [1, blank], 248; xi, [1, blank], 225, [1, blank]; vii, [1, blank], 187 [including List of Subscribers], [1, ad] pages. With two engraved title-pages and 110 engraved plates in Aesop (complete), and with frontispiece, two engraved title-pages and 66 (out of 67) engraved plates in Gay. All twelve plates illustrated by Blake are present. Uniformly bound by Tout in contemporary half dark green levant morocco over green cloth boards, spines ruled, tooled, and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endleaves. Spines a bit sunned, some moderate wear to spines and corners, some rubbing to binding, two plates in Gay have had restoration at the bottom margin (one is a Blake). First volume of each title with brief catalogue descriptions tipped-in. Still, a tall, near fine set. From the collection of Sir David Salomons, Bart, with his bookplate in each volume. From the collection of Alexander J. Jemal, Jr.

    The Gay set is the first edition of the complete Fables with the engraved plates by William Blake. All seventy plates are engraved by Blake (this set lacking one plate, the final one), most from the works of other artists; however, there are twelve plates of which he is both artist and engraver.


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