THOMAS BEWICK & THE FABLES OF AESOP. Aesop Leaf Book, John W. Borden, Janet S. Krueger.


Biographical sketch by John W. Borden. History of the fables by Janet S. Krueger. With an original leaf from the first edition (1818) of The Fables of Aesop and a new impression from one of Bewick's original wood engravings. Pp. 58+[2](colophon, blank), frontispiece portrait, text illustrations, the title page printed in red & black, references; post 4to; brown papered boards with printed paper title label on spine; Book Club of California, San Francisco, 1983. Edition limited to 518 copies. Hamel 179. *Designed by Jack Werner Stauffacher of The Greenwood Press, San Francisco (who also took the new impression from the original Bewick block for The Boys and the Frogs). The 175th publication (and 16th leaf book) from The Book Club of California. In this copy the original leaf from Bewick's Fables is pp. 71/2, the complete text of The Swallow and other birds, which includes an engraved pictorial headpiece and smaller tailpiece decoration. The leaf is slightly foxed and soiled. Loosely inserted is the Book Club of California prospectus for this volume, lightly creased from folding. Item #085441

Price: $550.00