Select fables of Aesop and other fabulists
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PN982.D6 1780 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Unfortunately this book is missing, as the seller writes, all prior to a5 prelims, including the title-page. It is clearly an edition of Dodsley. The fable text portions seem to be identical with Dodsley's 1761 first edition. Is the Life of Aesop somehow different from the version there? There is Dodsley's usual Essay on Fable and then the three books of fables, Ancient, Modern, and Newly Invented. There are one hundred-fifty-nine woodcuts. The first of them is signed J. Gilbert del. et sculp: 1777. Bodemann notes this signature in #190.3, dated to 1805 and published in London by G. & J. Robinson. That seems to be her only mention of J. Gilbert. One may be able to recognize these illustrations by the decorations around the upper half of the rectangular images, which measure just less than 2 x 2½. The spine features Dodsley and Aesop; the cover is old calf rubbed.