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    The Fables. by (DORÉ, Gustave.) LA FONTAINE, Jean de

    London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin,, [c.1870]. Large quarto (310 x 237 mm). Contemporary green half morocco, spine gilt and compartments, purple cloth sides, marble endpapers, gilt edges. Portrait frontispiece, 86 engraved plates, numerous illustrations in the text by Gustave Doré. Light foxing to endpapers, small blemishes on front cover cloth, tape repairs to tears at head of two leaves (3J2 and 3J3). A good copy. An early edition of Thornbury's first translation of La Fontaine's fables, with illustrations from "one of the most popular" and "greatest of all illustrators" (Ray, 327-28). During the period of this book's publication, Doré went from being "virtually unknown in England to being the most famous illustrator in the world" (Malan, 67), with books such as this bringing Doré to an international audience.



    Fables : les couvertures par James Jean

    2008-04-09. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!



    Favole di Giovanni Gherardo De Rossi by DE ROSSI, Giovanni Gherardo

    First Edition of this Collection of Fables, Printed on Blue Paper DE ROSSI, Giovanni Gherardo. Favole di Giovanni Gherardo De Rossi. Rome: Stamperia Pagliarini, 1788. First edition of this collection of verse fables. Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 3/8 inches; 196 x 135 mm). viii, [2], 180 pp. Printed on light blue paper, one of a few like this which are presumed to have been printed for presentation. With half-title. With engraved vignette title-page printed on thick cream-color paper. Engraved vignette title-page with scene of animals. Title-page is inserted but part of the pagination. Comprised of 70 fables. A second edition was printed in 1790. Nineteenth-century half vellum over marbled "wood-grain" paper boards. Spine with black morocco label, lettered and ruled in gilt. Label slightly chipped. Pages uncut and mostly unopened. Paper boards a bit rubbed and very slightly peeling at the vellum. Some very minor foxing, mainly to page edges, but generally the blue paper is very clean. Overall a very good copy. "Giovanni Gherardo de Rossi of Rome (1754-1827) published his Favole at Rome in 1788; they were reprinted in 1790, 1801, 1821. The subjects of these seventy fables were original, and they show ingenious inventiveness. He also wrote lyrics, novelle, art-criticism, and some of the best comedies of the period, most of which, unlike the fables, were derived from other writers." (Italian Fables of the Eighteenth Century Kenneth McKenzie ; Volume XII, June, 1935, number 2). HBS 68164. $1,250



    The Parade to Paradise: An Illustrated Fable (signed) by Van Sandwyk, Charles

    Vancouver, BC, Canada: SummerWild Productions, 1992. Signed, dated (October 1992) and inscribed by author on page facing fly title: "To _____". Hint of bumping to ends of spine, else fine. Pages spotless. DJ lightly rubbed on ends of spine and ends of flap folds, faintly surface rubbed, else very good plus. Protected in mylar.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.




    Barre, MA: The Imprint Society. Fine with no dust jacket. 1970. Hardcover. B/w and red; Fine copy in fine slipcase. 7 x11". .



    The History of Reynard the Fox, his Friends and his Enemies.. by ELLIS, F.S

    London: David Nutt, 1897. hardcover. very good(-). Walter Crane. Illustrated with woodcut devices by Walter Crane. xii, 289 pages. Thick square 8vo, original white printed cloth (somewhat soiled and with sunned spine); uncut edges. London: David Nutt, printed at the Chiswick Press, 1897. A very good(-) copy Preface: The author is desirous that the version now printed should be considered as altogether superseding that which he published in 1894. Masse pp. 50.


    CAD $75.00

    The Water Flowers by Gorey, Edward

    New York: Congdon & Weed, 1982. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 7.25" x 6.25" Not paginated. Illustrations to every page. Slight browning along dust-jacket extremities and boards. Bookplate from Olen J. Earnest to f.f. endpaper. Otherwise clean, a fine copy of book.



    Fables of Aesop by [Calder, Alexander, illus.] Aesop

    Paris: Harrison of Paris. Minton, Balch and Company, New York, 1931. First edition thus. Original Illustrated paper covered boards, in original chemise and slipcase with paper labels. Includes the Illustrated paper knife often missing. Surface rubbing to extremities of slipcase, still a fine copy. The Artist and the Book, 47.



    Fables Choisies.; Mies en Vers. Et par lui revues, corrigees & augmentee de nouveau by LA FONTAINE, J. DE

    Amsterdam: Zacheray Chatelain, 1728. hardcover. very good(+). 5 parts in 2 volumes. Ornately engraved allegorical frontispiece, first and third titles printed in red and black, charming copper engraved illustrations heading each fable by Henrik Cause, scattered tail pieces, added footnotes. An additional 5 fables were added comprising part 5. 24mo, full original brown calf, spines chipped and one spine label partially missing. Amsterdam: Zacheray Chatelain, 1727-1728. Occasional foxing but an amazingly clean tight copy.



    Fables. Original and Selected. Second Series by Northcote, James

    London: John Murray. G : in Good condition. Cover rubbed and slightly discoloured. Spine faded with end wear. Contents firm and G+. 1833. First Edition. Blue hardback embossed cloth cover. 200mm x 120mm (8" x 5"). lx, 248pp. 280 engravings on wood. .




    Boston: Taipan and Dennet. Good with no dust jacket. 1843. Fourth Edition. Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 247; 288 pages; Vol II 288pp, possibly lacking last leaf. Contents occasional stains, frequent illustrated cuts. Cotents generally Good or better. "Bavarian State library of incunabula produced in vats Zerkall in 350 numbered in editions of the print shop heidelberg winter in years 1931" .



    Fables. An original article from The Strand Magazine, 1894 by ---

    Strand Magazine, Newnes, London, 1894. 1st Edition. Disbound. Very Good. Illustrator: J. A. Shepherd. 4 pages. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Octavo. 4 pages. Multiple copies available this title. Illustrator: J. A. Shepherd. Quantity Available: 9. Category: Strand Magazine; Inventory No: 252554..



    Dictionnaire Abrégé de la Fable, pour l'Intelligence des Poètes, des Tableaux & des Statues, dont les Sujets sont Tirés de l'Histoire Poétique by Chompre, Pierre

    Paris: Desaint& Saillant. G : in Good condition. Cover rubbed with cracks to hinges. Page edges darkened. 1757. 8th Edition. Brown hardback leather cover. 150mm x 90mm (6" x 4"). 405pp. .



    The Book of the Knight of La Tour Landry. Leather binding by Taylor, G S [ed.]

    London: The Verona Society. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. 1930. Limited Edition 500. Black hardback leather cover. 250mm x 190mm (10" x 7"). xii, 172pp. Un-numbered. .


    CAD $625.00

    Fables and Tales, Suggested by the Frescos of Pompeii and Herculaneum by Les Gros, W.B

    London: Richard Bentley, 1835. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 8vo (square). Halfbound in dyed dark green calf and light green buckram boards. Title in gilt on spine. vi, [2], 215 p.p., [24] p.p. illustrations including frontis. Bookplate of famous English Decadence poet Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) on front pastedown endpaper. Binders ticket of Edmund Warroll, Birmingham to bottom edge of front pastedown.Light rubbing to spine and extremities, edges slightly bumped. Frontis loose, with tears taped by previous owner. Small tear to illustration facing p.p. 51, but image is only partially affected. Thread exposed from gutter on p.p. 204. Foxed endpapers and pages, but otherwise in good condition.



    The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Eight Volume Limited Edition Set by Chaucer, Geoffrey; Lamb, Lynton H etal [illus.]

    Oxford: Basil Blackwell. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. Some marking and rubbing to spines and boards. Binding firm. Light spotting to the page edge block. Untrimmed pages, many uncut. 1928-1929. Limited Edition [74/375]. Beige cloth spine Blue hardback boards. 290mm x 200mm (11" x 8"). [1800pp.]. Comprises: The Tales of Canterbury (I-III Volumes); The Tales of Canterbury (IV) The Parson's Tale + Earlier Minor Poems; Boece; Troilus & Criseyde; The House of Fame + The Legende of Good Women + Later Minor Poems + Doubtful Minor Poems + A Treatise on the Astrolabe; The Romaunt of the Rose. .




    Bordas, 1993. Paperback. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.



    Aucassin and Nicolette by Cox, E A [illus.]

    London: F Lewis Publishers Ltd. G: in good condition with poor dust jacket. Tape repairs to jacket interior. Fore and lower edges trimmed unevenly. 1947. Limited Edition (1250). Grey hardback cloth cover. 260mm x 200mm (10" x 8"). 43pp. .


    AUD $14.00

    Brewer's Dictionary of 20th-Century Phrase and Fable by Pickering, David; Isaacs, Alan & Martin, Elizabeth [Editors]

    London: Cassell. 1996. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition. Light reading creases to spine. ix, 662 pages With a starting point of 1900, this new edition explores all aspects of modern life and culture via the origin and meaning of a vast range of words, phrases, stories and events. . 3rd Edition. Softcover.


    CAD $300.00

    Contes et Nouvelles, en Vers by Fontaine, Jean de La

    [London]: Londres, 1781. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 32mo. 2 Volumes. Mottle calf binding with gilt border. Title on leather spine label. A.e.g. Inner edges dentelle. Pink marbled enpapers. Imprint is false, most likely printed in france. Text in French. Vol. I: 238 p.p. Frontispiece of La Fontaine. Bookplate of C.B. Farrar on front pastedown endpaper. Previous owner signature on verso of half-title and facing page. Vol. 2: 230p.p., plus [4] p.p. ads. Small chip to bottom edge of p. 19, not affecting text. Farrar bookplate to rear pastedown. Previous owner signature on verso of half-title. Heavy wear to joints and spine. Light rubbing and wear corners, edges. Tiny chip to spine head of Vol. 2. Small circular indents to boards. Else a very good set that includes famous fable writer Jean de la Fontaine's [1621-1695] classic tales and stories in verse.



    OUVRES COMPLETES DE LA FONTAINE, TOME PREMIER (Fables of La Fontaine: Volume 1 of Two Volumes) by La Fontaine

    May not be noted.. Very Good with no dust jacket. French Language; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; Ouvres completes de la fontaine, tome premier, published in two volumes, 708pp with index, average foxing , original hardbound in leatherette cloth with gilt spine. Very early printing if not the first. A sound and tight copy which is unusually clean. French language fables. This work came from the well known collection of the Bayard family in Delaware. They have played a prominent role in American public affairs since the 1600's. They are related by marriage to the Dodd family of Dodd Mead & Company Publishers. .


    CAD $20.00

    Aesop's Fables. With an Introduction By Isaac Bashevis Singer by Townsend, George Fyler [translator]

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company Inc. Hardcover. Good/Good. Tinkleman, Murray. 12mo (large). [Copr. 1968] Book Club Edition. 215 p.p., [9] full page drawings, with numerous in-text. Jacket edges and corners worn, and spine sunned, with small chips at head and tail. Light scratches to rear jacket, but otherwise a good d/w. Red cloth boards, with gilt illustration of wolf barking at vine of grapes. Bottom corners slightly bumped, with wear to edges and spien. Owner inscription in black marker on front pastedown endpaper. Hinges and joints stiff. In good condition.




    German Language: E. P. Dutton & Company , Inc.. Very Good in Poor dust jacket. 1920. Hardcover. Illustrated with etchings by Marcus Gheeraerts the elder. 7.5 x 10.5". Alid in partial DJ lacking spine. .


    CAD $1,500.00

    Select Fables: With Cuts Designed and Engraved from Thomas and John Bewick and Others, Previous to the Year 1784: Together with a Memoir and a Descriptive Catalogue of the Works of Messrs. Bewick by Bewick, Thomas [1753-1828]

    London: Emerson Charnley, and Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1820. Hardcover. Very Good. Nicholson, Isaac [1789-1848]. 5.5 x 8.5 Inches. Contemporary calf re-backed with newer spine, raised bands. Inner edges dentelle. xl, 332 p.p. Frontispiece of Thomas Bewick, with several head and tail-piece woodcut engravings. Armorial ex libris bookplate of I.G. Schorsch. Boards scratched and rubbed, with circular stains to rear. Small chips to calf at head of front and rear joints. Corners slightly bumped, with heavy wear. Rubbing to bottom edges, where dentelle is faded. Light offsetting from engravings, with sporadic foxing. Some trimming, but text unaffected. Stain to edges of facing pages 124-125. Frontis and title page heavily foxxed, but otherwise in very good condition. Thomas Bewick [1753-1828] was an engraver and illustrator, well known for his use of wood engravings. In 1784, him and his brother John were employed by local printer "to engrave a number of woodcuts, for different publications in which he was engaged. Many of them were inserted in...a volume entitled 'Select Fables' in 1784...These cuts...engraved my Messrs. Berwick were afterwards purchased by Hall and Elliott, the printers of the Newcastle Courant Newspaper...after remaining with them for several years, was sold to Messrs. Wilson, of York, printers who had in their collection various other the Bewicks...Thus accumulated, ammounting to upwards of twelve hundred in number, was offered to, and bought by, the publisher of the present volume." [Advertisement, i-ii]. Many of the tailpieces in the book were also done by wood engraver and illustrator Isaac Nicholson [1789-1848], a former apprentice of Bewick's. Each fable is followed by a reflection and lesson.




    2001-04-07. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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