[Aesop] [Dodsley, Robert, ed.]

Select Fables of Esop and Other Fabulists. In three books.

Published: Birmingham: printed by John Baskerville, for R. and J. Dodsley [...]

Date: 1761

8vo., pp. [ii], iii, [i], lxxviii, 204, [xxviii] + engraved frontispiece and 15 plates (with usual errors in pagination). Frontis and first 2 leaves a little toned, occasional spots and smudges, some patchy toning, some plates a bit foxed with offset toning to adjacent pages. Red 19th-century straight-grain morocco, gilt title to spine, plain gilt border and frame to each board, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Spine a little darkened, surface wear to endcaps and joints, front endpaper spilt at hinge but board holding firm. Still a very handsome copy, very good.

To front paste-down, large bookplate of Herbert S. Squance (signed Harry Soane, 1905) and small letterpress book label of J. O. Edwards. To ffep verso, tiny stamps ‘Bound by J. Larkins’ at head and ‘For E.W. [Stibbs]’ at tail. Edward William Stibbs (1846-1891), the Holborn bookseller of 25 New Oxford Street, died on 23rd April 1891 and his stock was subsequently sold at Sotheby’s in 1892.

ESTC T84696; Gaskell 14

Collected by Robert Dodsley, also partly translated and partly written by him. Includes de Meziriac’s ’The Life of Esop’, translated into English and annotated, and ’An Essay on Fable’ by Robert Dodsley. ‘Although at least thirteen printers had a hand in producing Dodsley's volumes, John Hughs seems to have been his primary printer, and the latter sometimes farmed out work to William Bowyer junior and William Strahan. John Baskerville printed Dodsley's Fables of Aesop, and the bookseller acted as the Birmingham printer's London agent for the sale of his Horace and Virgil, as well as for Baskerville's new typeface and wove paper.’ (ODNB)


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