Fables of Aesop and Others. Newly done into English. With an Application to each Fable
. Printed for J. Tonson and J. Watts , Printed for J. Tonson at Shakespear's Head in the Strand, and J. Watts at the Printing Office in Wild-Court, near Lincolns-Inn Fields . London
Aesop and others
PA3855.E5 C7 1731 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop and others
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What a delight to have found so early an edition of Croxall in good to very good condition! This copy fits Bodemann's description of the first edition from 1722 (#107.1) except for the number of pages (345 here, 344 there). Here, apparently as there, Croxall is first mentioned at the end of the dedication to Halifax. To quote Alibris' description: Simply bound in modern full leather, contrasting label, gilt. Spine with raised bands. The title-page has been laid down. A good, clean copy. The Kirkall illustrations are done here with various levels of firmness. Some are unfortunately somewhat faint, e.g. on 32 and 247, others more distinct, e.g. on 155 and 236. Somewhere I had mis-learned that the first edition was done anonymously and that only a subsequent edition had added Kirkall's illustrations to Croxall's texts. While Kirkall is mentioned neither here nor in the first edition, these are his illustrations, as Bodemann makes clear. Unfortunately, Gerard van der Gucht's frontispiece--if it was printed with this edition--is missing here. Croxall gives at the end an index especially to qualities and persons. At the beginning, what is labeled The Contents of the Fables is an AI. Use that to find a fable by one of its characters.