Fables By Mr. Gay
. Printed for J. Tonson and J. Watts . London
PR3473.F3 1733 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a wonderful little treasure! It falls between Bodemann 110.1 (the first edition) and 110.2 (the fifth edition). It includes only the first 50 fables because the additional seventeen were first published in only 1738. This is a beautiful little book, which June got at Sotheby's sale of the Earl of Granard's library in July, '93. That may be his bookplate facing hers inside the front cover. I am particularly taken on this trip through with the dynamism of The Lady and the Wasp (VIII), the foppishness of The Monkey Who Had Seen the World (XIV), the exactitude of The Pin and the Needle (XVI), and the turbulence of The Farmer's Wife and the Raven (XXXVII) complete with broken eggs. The monkeys of XXII (The Goat without a Beard) are curiously human. Pages 189-92 are missing, including the illustration for the last fable (L). There are a number of small repairs to the paper of particular pages. Fable XXI is misprinted as Fable XIX. I wonder how many copies of this book in this edition still exist around the world.