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Northcote, James; William Harvey, engr.; William Hazlitt. One hundred fables, original and selected. London: George Lawford (pr. by J. Johnson), 1828. 4to (25.3 cm, 10"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., , iii, , 272 pp.; illus. II: lx, 248 pp.; illus. $600.00
[with] Northcote, James; William Harvey, engr.; Edmund Southey Rogers, ed. Fables, original and selected. Second series. London: John Murray (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1833.
Here are both series of Northcote's profusely illustrated fairy tale collections together, with => over 500 in-text wood engravings by William Harvey, one of Thomas Bewick's favorite apprentices, after Northcote's work "based on illustrations from old prints onto which Northcote pasted his own designs," and with ornamental letters and vignettes designed by Harvey himself (DNB online).
The first volume of this work was published in 1828 with the writing help of Northcote's friend and essayist William Hazlitt and begins with a frontispiece of Northcote engraved by W.H. Worthington. The second, which contains 101 new fables, was printed by Whittingham at the Chiswick Press and produced posthumously through the effort of Edmund Southey Rogers, who also contributed a biographical sketch of Northcote to the volume.
Binding: Late 19th- or early 20th-century polished tan calf, spines each with two different-colored leather spine labels, compartments gilt-stamped with two birds in a fountain, covers framed in gilt double fillets around a delicate foliate roll. Board edges with gilt double fillets, turn-ins with decorative gilt roll, marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear of each volume.
Bound as above: gently rubbed at corners and hinges, one sunned board, two short scratches and one with a bit of discoloration around it, pencilling on one endpaper. Provenance as above, light age-toning with the occasional spot, moderate foxing on and around frontispiece. => Neatly laid out, beautifully illustrated, handsomely bound, happy condition. (37998) Please RESHELVE This.
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