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    [William Blake, illustrator]. John Gay. Fables by John Gay. London: Printed by Darton & Harvey, 1793. First one-volume edition with Blake's illustrations.

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    Large octavo. xvi, 256 pages. With engraved frontispiece, title, and thirty-two engraved plates (each with two designs, one with one design) by Blake. Contemporary full blue crushed straight-grain morocco, boards ruled in blind and paneled in gilt, with gilt floral cornerpieces, spine ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, four raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut, red endleaves. Headcap of spine torn, spine a bit sunned, some light wear to binding, some light foxing and toning on text and plates, text with a few taped repairs. Still, a good copy in an attractive binding. "All the 1793 plates of Stockdale's Gay's Fables were re-engraved for another edition. published in the same year [discussing this edition]". [Bentley and Nurmi].

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