Fables for the Female Sex
. Printed for R. Francklin . London
PR3605.M3 F2 1744 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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See my comments under the 1744/83? reprinting of these 16 fables. I count this book something of a find. The bookstore mentioned it to me on my second visit during this brief stay in London. They did not know who had written it. (It has two cuts in the title page, the lower perhaps to remove the name of a former owner.) I noted the date, made an unaccepted offer of £30, went home and looked up the date in my own records and noted that 1744 was indeed the date of Moore's first edition. I presumed therefore (and still do) that this is that first edition. I immediately called to reserve the book. Two trips back to get it were frustrated by an explosion and a bank holiday, respectively, but I left a note, and they were good enough to send it to me. The illustration pages are often slightly damaged, but usually without loss to the strong illustrations. In a few there is a tear affecting the image itself: VIII (47), XI (67), XIII (81), and XVI (149). My favorites are IX (55),The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat and XIV (89),The Sparrow, and the Dove.