8vo. London: John Stockdale, 1793. 8vo, (3) hand-colored (not by Blake) single leaves on wove paper, some soiling and foxing, images clean, as follows: (1) The Shepherd and the Philosopher; (1) Miser and Plutus; and (1) The Dog and the Fox. The plates in this famous edition are free adaptations from the designs of Kent, Wootton, and Gravelot, who illustrated the earlier printings of Gay’s Fables. William Blake completely redesigned and redrew the 12 images for which he is responsible, and is listed among the subscribers to the edition, as are the other engravers who worked on this project. Bentley, BB, 460A. Essick, William Blake’s Commercial Book Illustrations, XXVI. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 1790–1914, 1. (Inventory #: 108759)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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