Fables by John Gay with a Life of the Author, and embellished with Seventy Plates, Vol. II
. John Stockdale . London
PR3473.F3 1793c (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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See my notes on Volume I. The patterns of the first volume hold true here. That is, I find Blake's engravings the most involving, e.g., The Dog and the Fox (I), Pan and Fortune (XII), and The Ravens, the Sexton, and the Earth-Worm (XVI). Further, I find Skelton's those with the strongest sense of depth, e.g., The Vulture, the Sparrow, and Other Birds (II) and The Owl, the Swan, the Cock, the Spider, the Ass, and the Farmer (XIV). Again, each of the engravings is signed by one of the nine engravers listed by Bodemann. There is no engraving for Aye and No (XVII); I presume Bodemann's description refers to this fact when it assigns sixteen engravings to the second volume. However, while I do find the title-page vignette that she mentions, I do not find the vignette featuring busts of Gay that she seems to assign to his life. The fables are followed by a life of Gay and a list of subscribers. On the very last page there is an advertisement for Stockdale's two-volume Aesop, with an appeal for subscribers. It is dated February 2, 1793.