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Fables /
by John Gay, ; with a life of the author, and embellished with a plate to each fable.


Main Author: Gay, John, 1685-1732.
Related Names: Johnson, Samuel 1709-1784.
Language(s): English
Published: London : Printed by Darton and Harvey, for F. & C. Rivington, B & B. White, T. Longman, B. Law & Son ... [and 14 others], 1793.
Subjects: Fables.
Note: "Life of John Gay, P. [iii]-xiv, from Johnson's Lives of the English poets.
Verso of engraved t.p. (p. [2] at front) is blank.
Signatures: pi1A-R⁸.
The illustrations are copies of the 1793 Stockdale edition, re-engraved in an oval form. Cf. Gumuchian, no. 2682.
One of two octavo editions with the same t.p. and virtually the same type-setting, page for page, except for the spacing between lines and the setting of leaf A2. In this, the larger edition, the last line of text on A2 recto (p. [iii]), excluding the footnote, ends "is not known." and the catchword is "The"; in the smaller octavo edition, the last line ends "as he pro-" and the catchword is "bably". In this edition page 242 is misnumbered 422 and leaf Q3 is signed correctly. In the other octavo edition page 242 is numbered correctly, but pages 138, 142 and 143 are misnumbered 140, 144 and 145 respectively and leaf Q3 is unsigned. Leaf R4 is unsigned in both editions.
Engraved t.p. with vignette (mask with long hair, within oval).
In verse.
Physical Description: [2], xvi, 256 p., [35] leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm. (8vo)
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