Fables by the Late Mr Gay
. J. Buckland, W. Strahan, et al. , Printed for J. Buckland etc., . London (Bodemann identifier cf. 110.8 )
PR3473.F3 1785 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an apparent later printing of the Buckland, Strahan, et al edition of 1783. It uses, I believe, the same plates used there; they are different from -- and apparently copied from -- the plates used in the edition I have from Strahan, Rivington, Buckland et al of 1772 (Bodemann #110.8). Bodemann does not have separate listings for either the 1783 or this 1785 edition. Again I have found a lovely early edition of Gay for a very good price! That 1783 edition was the second volume of a two-volume set, the first volume being Gay's plays. Here there is no such indication. As there, so here the T of C to both parts of fables is at the beginning of the volume. The 66 excellent copper engravings -- generally lighter impressions here? -- come two-to-a-page facing the beginning of the first fable of the two. There is something tapestry-like about them. They are clearly in the tradition of Gravelot (and Kent and Wooton?) from 1727/38; see my 1967 William Andrews Clark reprint. But they do not include Blake's 12 engravings, which date from 1793. Compare the engravings here with the two in Hobbs' Fables (71, 81). Do not miss the dramatic mask frontispiece. I am fortunate to have found this book. Inscribed in 1791. The covers are beginning to separate from the spine.