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Fables /
by John Gay ; with a life of the author ; and embellished with a plate to each fable.
imprint
London : Printed by Darton & Harvey, for F. & C. Rivington, B & B. White, T. Longman, B. Law & Son, G.G. & J. Robinson, T. Cadell, S. Bladon, R. Baldwin, J. Sewell, J. Johnson, H.L. Gardner, J. Bew, W. Goldsmith, J. Murray, W. Lowndes, J. Scatcherd & Co., G.&T. Wilkie, & E. Newbery, MDCCXCIII [1793].
description
[2], xvi, 256 pages, 35 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 22-25 cm. (8vo)
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London : Printed by Darton & Harvey, for F. & C. Rivington, B & B. White, T. Longman, B. Law & Son, G.G. & J. Robinson, T. Cadell, S. Bladon, R. Baldwin, J. Sewell, J. Johnson, H.L. Gardner, J. Bew, W. Goldsmith, J. Murray, W. Lowndes, J. Scatcherd & Co., G.&T. Wilkie, & E. Newbery, MDCCXCIII [1793].
citation/reference
Bentley, G.E. Blake books, 460 note.
general note
"Life of John Gay " (pages [iii]-xiv) is from Johnson's Lives of the English poets.
Engraved title-page with vignette (mask with long hair, within oval).
Frontispiece and plates facing pages 65 and 129 (Fables 25 and 48) signed: "G. Neagle sc[ulp].", remaining plates unsigned: "plates ... very closely copy ... those in the 1793 Stockdale edition ..." which has plates signed by Blake and others.--Cf. Bentley.
In verse.
Signatures: pi1A-R⁸.
Two octavo editions exist with the same title-page and virtually the same type-setting, page for page, except for the spacing between lines and the setting of leaf A2. In the smaller edition, the last line of text on A2 recto (page [iii]), excluding footnote, ends "as he pro-" and the catchword is "bably"; in the larger octavo edition, the last line ends "is not known." and the catchword is "The". In the smaller edition pages 138, 142 and 143 are misnumbered 140, 144 and 145 respectively and leaf Q3 is unsigned. In the other octavo edition pages 138, 142 and 143 are numbered correctly, but page 242 is misnumbered 422 and leaf Q3 is signed. Leaf R4 is unsigned in both editions.
Verso of engraved title-page (page [2] at front) is blank.
local note
Victoria University Library copy (Blake Suppl. no. 461) has armorial bookplate of John Charrington on front paste-down and book-label of Andrew Davis on first fly-leaf.
Victoria University Library copy (Blake no. 1091) has signature of "Mary Gibbs" on title-page, and "Ex libris" bookplate of Dr. Stragwer.
Victoria University Library has both the small octavo (Blake no. 1091) and the large octavo (Blake Suppl. no. 461).
catalogue key
6085458
 
Gift to Victoria University Library (Blake no. 1091). Bentley, G.E., Jr. 2005/10/01.

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