The Fables of Aesop, and Others, with Designs on Wood, by Thomas Bewick
. Printed by E. Walter for T. Bewick and Son . Newcastle
PA3855.E5 B4 1818 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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What a wonderful find! I am so happy to have this book in my hand! It once belonged to the Battersea Public Libraries, and perhaps that is only fitting for a volume from Bewick's own hand. It shows some wear, and the pages have grown slightly dim, but it is still beautiful in my eyes! Bodemann # 236.1. The bill of sale just after the Preface Dedicatory has the type of copy, the price, and the signature filled in with ink of a slightly different color. As Metzner points out in Bodemann, there are 188 prose fables after English authors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, put together and pedagogically reworked by Bewick. As the bookseller's note points out, the second-to-last fable's illustration has been hand-colored (373).