Aesop's Fables.

Richardson (Samuel, editor)

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. Containing two hundred and forty fables, with a cut Engrav'd on Copper to each fable. And the Life of Æsop prefixed.

Description: engraved title-page, and 24 engraved plates (each with 10 vignettes), title detached in lower half, with slight loss to the border, plate opposite p. 8 loose, and frayed at edges, pp. [ii, engraved title], xxxiv [-xxxvi], 192, 12mo, contemporary dark sheep, double gilt fillets on sides, double gilt fillets on either side of raised bands on spine, corners worn, cracks in joints, spine a little defective at foot, without front free end-paper, old amateurish repair to foot of spine using thick thread

Publication Details: Printed for J. Osborn, junr, 1740 [i.e. 1739]

Notes: A very rare book, the first edition of Richardson's redaction, his 'first appearance in print', if we except Verses addressed to Edward Cave and William Bowyer, in the Gentleman's Magazine for January 1736. 'In 1761, the year of Richardson's death, [this Aesop] was still considered one of the standard editions of the fables' (Sale). It was unkindly dubbed by Shenstone 'Richardson's Improvement of L'Estrange.' ESTC records BL, Bodley, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, and The Morgan only. COPAC adds NLS and National Trust. None further in WorldCat. Sale succinctly places the edition in the context of...more

Bibliography: (Sale 1; ESTC T164572)

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Price: £7,500

Subject: Childrens

Published Date: 1740 [i.e. 1739]

Stock Number: 65873

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