Fables by the Late Mr. Gay in One Volume Complete
. J.F. & C. Rivington, B. & B. White et al . London (#166.1 )
MetadataShow full item record
I have been surprised as I research this book to find out that it is Bodemann's earliest copy of Thomas Bewick's work on Gay's fables, originally published in 1779. There is no doubt in my mind that this book is a representative of Bodemann #166.1. The impressions of the illustrations here are quite faint, and there is always the question of what work done "after" that of another artist means. The frontispiece is the standard Gay death mask. A good illustration to check is "The Hare and Many Friends" (126), both to see the breadth of vision of the artist and to note the poor impression typical of the art in this book. I am delighted to have wandered into an important early Gay in the tradition of Bewick.