Engravings by William Blake

    John Gay. Fables by John Gay, with a Life of the Author and Embellished with Seventy Plates. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1793.

    First edition with William Blake engravings. Two octavo volumes. xi, 225; vii, 176 pages. Illustrated with seventy copperplate engravings.

    Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in full calf over boards. Morocco title labels on spine with gilt-stamped lettering. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Decorative endpapers. Some mild darkening to spines. Overall, a near fine set.

    Volume one contains the fifty poems which comprised the original work published in 1727 as Fables, by Mr. Gay. Volume two contains the sixteen somewhat longer poems first published posthumously under the title Fables, by the Late Mr. Gay, Volume the Second. Also here, in the second volume of this set, is a short biographical essay on Gay. This is the first edition of the complete fables with the engraved plates by William Blake. All seventy plates are engraved by Blake, most from the works of other artists; however, there are twelve plates of which he is both artist and engraver.

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