Fables of Aesop, and Others, The; With Designs on Wood, by Thomas Bewick.

Imperial Edition of Bewick’s “Aesop”

[BEWICK, Thomas, illustrator]. AESOP. The Fables of Aesop, and Others, with Designs on Wood, by Thomas Bewick. Newcastle: Printed by E. Walker, for T. Bewick and Son…, 1818.

First (Imperial) edition. One of 500 copies printed on Imperial thick wove paper watermarked 1806.

Large octavo (9 15/16 x 6 1/4 inches; 252 x 159 mm.). xxiv, 376 pp. 188 fables each with a wood engraved head-piece and 136 other wood engraved vignettes, tail-pieces, &c.

Bound ca. 1900 by Riviére & Son (stamp-signed on verso of front end-paper) in full olive green morocco. Gilt triple-rule border on covers, spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt, red coated endpapers. Some light foxing to preliminary leaves, spine uniformly sunned, otherwise a fine copy.

"The work had been begun in 1812 and gave its author the greatest pleasure along with a large measure of worry and anxiety. It had been advertised in the Water Birds of 1816, but whether it was, as there advertised, put to press in May 1817, seems doubtful. Letters from Bewick in February and August 1818 show him exasperated and tormented by delays and difficulties in the publication, appealing to William Harvey to return designs entrusted to him, and begging Tipper & Fry to send supplies of paper." (Roscoe).

Roscoe 45a. Item #03403

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