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Bewick, Thomas.
The Fables of Aesop and Others, with Designs on Wood by Thomas Bewick.
Publisher: Printed by E.Walker for T. Bewick and Son, Newcastle;
Date of Publication: 1823
Stock Code: 9474
SECOND EDITION. Small quarto (approx 21 cm x 13 cm), pp. [2] Thumb Mark Receipt, xxiv, 376. 188 fable cuts and 135 tailpieces. Superbly bound in full maroon straight-grained morocco with 4 raised bands, gilt titles to spine and decoration to compartments, and gilt fillet to boards and dentelles; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers. Upper corners slightly bruised and spine tips a little rubbed. Armorial bookplate of William Henderson to front paste-down and ownership stamp of M. S. E. Colbourne to first blank. Near Fine: a superb copy in a very handsome binding.
A truly collaborative effort from the Bewick workshop: over seven years engravings in Aesop’s spring from the hands of TB apprentices William Harvey, Isaac Nicholson, Edward Willis, Robert Bewick as well as the master Thomas Bewick himself; the latter likely drawing all of the blocks. This copy includes the “Thumb-Mark” receipt with seaweed motif and facsimile signatures, which was intended for addition to subscribers’ copies only.
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