Aesop’s Fables. Translated by Sir Roger l'Estrange, Kt. With plates & decorations by Stephen Gooden.
by Aesop. Gooden, Stephen, illus.
Small 4to. London: George Harrap, 1936. Small 4to, 313, [i] pp. 12 full page engravings with numerous smaller engravings decorating the first letter of each fable. Original stiff vellum, gilt titles to backstrip, gilt rule to covers, with small pictorial decorations to corners and center, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. A very fine copy. Limited to 525 copies signed by the illustrator Stephen Gooden. Includes L'Estrange's preface to the whole collection, his reflections on each fable reprinted here, and "The Life of Aesop." One of Gooden’s best if not the best of the many books he illustrated: DNB notes “Apart from a few individual plates, for example, St George (1935) and Diana (1940), Gooden worked chiefly as a book illustrator—a field that fascinated him from childhood—beginning in 1923 with the Nonesuch Press Anacreon. He contributed to twenty works, notably the Bible (Nonesuch, 5 vols., 1925–7), The Fables of Jean de la Fontaine (2 vols., Heinemann, 1931), and Aesop's Fables (Harrap, 1935 sic). In addition, Gooden designed and engraved more than forty bookplates, including those for Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth, and Princess Margaret, and four for the Royal Library, Windsor Castle.” (Inventory #: 107304)
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