Fables translated from ... To which are subjoined, a Moral in Verse, and an Application in Prose, adapted to each Fable. Embellished with cuts from the best designs. By Charles Draper.

Æsop, and other authors.

Fables translated from ... To which are subjoined, a Moral in Verse, and an Application in Prose, adapted to each Fable. Embellished with cuts from the best designs. By Charles Draper.

Description: with an engraved frontispiece, and 202 woodcut vignettes, 1 at the head of each Fable, a few ink splashes, one brief outbreak of foxing, pp. x, [8], 140 (recte 340), 12mo, original speckled sheep, double gilt fillets on sides, spine partly defective, split in upper joint (cords holding), corners a little worn, signature in red ink at head of frontispiece of J. Harvey, Broadway 1770, later signature on recto of frontispiece of Mr. A. Collins, also of Broadway

Publication Details: Printed for W. Bristow, 1760

Notes: The rare First Edition of Draper's translation. ESTC records just 3 copies; BL, Toronto, the Clark: COPAC adds Birmingham and Leicester; the solitary auction record is for a rebacked copy sold in 1974, £65 to Quaritch. There was another edition, possibly a re-issue with a new title-page (1 copy only in ESTC). Draper's Preface is a a fierce attack on Samuel Croxall's version - 'Fables of Aesop and Others 'with applications and useful observations' (1722), dedicated to Lord Sunbury, son of the earl of Halifax, was a work of morality and whiggish politics which enjoyed reprints until well into t...more

Bibliography: (ESTC N18344)

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Price: £1,200

Subject: Classics

Published Date: 1760

Stock Number: 63738

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