Aesop's Fables. With Instructive Morals and Reflections Abstracted from all Party Considerations, Adapted To All Capacities; and design'd to promote Religion, Morality, and Universal Benevolence
. J. Rivington, R.Baldwin, L. Hawes, W. Clarke, R. Collins, T. Caslon, J. (S?) Crowder, T. Longman, B. Law, R. Withy, J. Dodsley, G. Keith, G. Robinson, J. Roberts, T. Cadell , printed for J. Rivington R. Baldwin, L. Hawes, W. Clark ... [et al.], . London
PA3855.E5 1747 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is my third early copy of this book. I have dated the first of my other two copies 1740/53? It was published by Wilson and Spence in York and it is Bodemann #131.2. I dated my second copy 1740/61? It was published by Longman, Hitch, Hawes et al in London. Neither is what Bodemann lists as her first edition (#131.1), published by J. Osborne in London in 1749. My favorite private collector's notes state the Richardson bibliography lists a first edition of [1739-1740], a second edition of 1747 (?) and another edition of 1773. He himself has an edition which he dates to c1776; he notes that this edition substitutes as the publisher W. Nicol for R. Withy and W. Stuart for J. Roberts who died in 1776. I had read this latest copy of mine as dated, on its title-page, 1777. As I have looked more closely, I believe that it is actually 1747. That dating would make sense of the remark made just above about the edition of c1776, for my present edition includes the names R. Withy, and J. Roberts, for whom that edition substitutes W. Nicol and W. Stuart, respectively. The latter died, according to that note, in 1776. He would not have been a publisher of a 1777 edition. So I say a cautious Eureka! This seems to be the 1747 second printing. This copy has no front cover and begins with the title-page. The title-page's illustration includes some brown and blue coloring. There is some coloring of the illustrations, e.g., those facing 32 and 57. Other than that, the illustrations have survived quite well; all 240 are present. Only part of Story #239 survives, and #240 and any pages following at the book's end have been lost. There is significant foxing at various points in the book. The back cover is detached. The typos that I found in the York edition of c1753 are not here; this edition shares with the London edition of c1761 the spelling of fewel in #212. This is a lovely, fragile little treasure!