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Northcote, James. One hundred fables, original and selected. London: Geo. Lawford (pr. by C. Whittingham, Chiswick Press), 1829. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). Frontis., viii, 272 pp.; illus. $1,250.00
[with the same author's] Fables, original and selected ... second series. London: John Murray (pr. by C. Whittingham, Chiswick Press), 1833. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). lx, 248 pp.; illus.
Aesopian moral tales, some in prose and some in verse, each illustrated with a headpiece vignette and decorative capital, and most bearing a tailpiece as well. The => over 500 wood engravings were accomplished by a variety of hands (including William Harvey, one of Thomas Bewick's pupils) after designs by Harvey and by the author himself; they are attributed in indexes at the back of the volumes. The first volume is here in its stated second edition, following the first of the previous year, and the second volume in its first edition.
Provenance: Front pastedowns with "Suivez raison" armorial bookplate of Robert Callwell, front free endpapers with "Spectemur agendo" armorial bookplate of Laurence A. Waldron, Dublin. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 55 & 56; NSTC 2N10328 & 2N10331. Contemporary half green morocco with green pebbled cloth–covered sides, leather edges with gilt fillet, spines with gilt-stamped title and dates and blind-stamped compartments; spines slightly sunned and volumes showing light shelfwear. Bookplates as above. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean. => A handsome set of a classic Aesop. (40759) Please RESHELVE This.
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