Select Fables of Aesop and Others
. Printed by and for T. Saint . London: Newcastle
PA3855.E5 B4 1784 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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If this is what I hope it is, what a find! Only two things made me hesitate earlier to acknowledge this book as an original 1784 Bewick. First, Thomas (and John) Bewick are nowhere named. Second, I have a note from somewhere that the three parts should contain 48, 48, and 26 fables respectively, whereas this edition has 48, 67, and 26. What a beautiful little masterpiece. Earlier inscriptions indicate that it is a Bewick first edition. Repaired hinges. See 1776, 1818, and 1820 for further Bewick material. Now I am just home in May, '97 from looking at the Victoria and Albert copy of the 1784 edition, and theirs does not mention Bewick and has 48 + 67 + 26 fables. Yippee! It also has A New Edition, improved on the title page.