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    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. .



    HISTORY AND FABLES OF AESOP [WOODCUTS] by [Aesop] translated and Printed by William Caxton 1484

    Scolar,. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1976. Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; Short 4to; 292 pages; Reproduced in facsimile from the copy at the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, with an introduction by Edward Hodnett. Beige cloth w/ leather spine label; near fine, bookplate on front pastedown. #175 of 500. Provenance- Harold Berliner, colored book plate. .



    Legends of Badenoch. A Collection of Traditional Tales by MacPherson, Malcolm [contrib.]

    Kingussie: Jas Johnstone & Son. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. Cover rubbed. 1965. 5th Edition. Orange card cover. 190mm x 120mm (7" x 5"). 67pp. .




    This book has brilliant illustrations. Large Print. The glossy boards match the dust jacket. There are 9 fables. Great condition. Clean and tight.




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



    The Quest For Theseus : The classical Greek legend & its portrayal in art & literature against the background of Bronze Age Aegean archaeology by A.G. Ward et al

    Pall Mall (1st), 1970. F in DW. 25x21cm. 23 colour plates, 176 b&w plates, 31 maps, charts and line drawings.


    AUD $18.00

    Bulfinch's Complete Mythology [The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, Legends of Charlemagne] by Bulfinch, Thomas

    London: Chancellor Press. 2000. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. 679 pages . Reprint. Hardback.



    Le Petit La Fontaine by La Fontaine, Jean de

    Paris: Firmin Didot Freres, 1840. Miniature book, in original publishers paper over boards and matching publisher's slipcase. Engraved title page plus six engravings illustrating selected fables of Jean de La Fontaine. 96pp; 2-3/8" x 1-5/8", bound in bright green paper over boards with romantique design stamped in black on both covers and on spine, aeg, housed in matching publisher's slipcase with title "Le Petit La Fontaine" printed in black within four-ruled decorative border on front of case and romantique design printed on rear of case. A bit of paper missing at spine edges so that white shows a bit, else fine and quite remarkable thus. While Fermin-Didot miniatures are not uncommon, those in original binding with publisher's matching slipcase are decidedly not common!




    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" .



    Fifty-one Original Fables by [Fables]. Crithannah, Job (?). R. Cruikshank, illus

    London: Printed for Hamilton, Adams and Co..., 1833. First edition. Octavo, 251pp. Original cloth lettered in gilt. Eighty-five engraved plates by R. Cruikshank. Tiny chip near lettering, corners bumped but a fine copy. First edition, a fine group of illustrations with dreadfully moralistic and dated text.



    Fables. A rare 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. Illustrator: J. A. Shepherd. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Strand Magazine; Inventory No: 254335..



    Fables de La Fontaine. Reimprimees sur l'Edition de 1678-1694 by LA FONTAINE

    Paris: Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1875. hardcover. fine. Frontispiece by L. Flameng. 2 volumes, tall 8vo, rubricated titles, 1/2 dark green morocco, ornately gilt spines, marbled boards, top edges gilt. Paris: Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1875. Fine. Bookplates and previous owner's signature



    Fables: Consisting of Parts from Dante, Berni, Chaucer, and Ariosto. Imitated in English Heroic Verse By Richard Wharton. A rare original article from the Monthly Review, 1804 by ---

    Monthly Review, London, 1804. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good Condition. 3 pages. This is an essay from The Monthly Review, regarding this published work. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 3 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Monthly Review; Inventory No: 272448..



    Aesop's Fables by Leaf, Munro (Aesop)

    New York: Heritage, 1941. Reprint. Hardcover. Good+/Very Good+. Robert Lawson, Illustrator. Heritage Reprint edition in clean unclipped dust jacket. Brown silk cloth boards with gold lettering and illustration of rabbit and tortoise on cover, bright gold lettering on spine. Faint water stains to bottom edge of cloth (front and rear), otherwise no fading or wear. Binding is tight and square, hinges are strong - no cracking. Pages and edges are clean with clean endpapers. No names, writing or marks. Beautifully illustrated by Robert Lawson. 132 pages. Dust jacket is clean, has slight age-toning, not price clipped (1.95 on front inside flap), has one pea-size chip on lower spine, no edge chips. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover.


    AUD $24.00

    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable Millennium Edition by Room, Adrian (Editor)

    London: Cassell. 2001. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Near Fine copy in Near Fine dustjacket. DJ now protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. An excellent copy. 1298 pages This edition was revised and updated with over 1000 new articles added. . 16th edition. Hardback.



    FABLES by Gay, John

    London: J. and R. Tonson and J. Watts, 1746. Vol. I, 6th edition; Vol. II, 4th edition. Some light foxing, but generally quite clean and nice.. Vol. I, 6th edition; Vol. II, 4th edition. Two volumes. Each fable illustrated with a copper-engraved plates. Rebound in full leather with very plain gilt spine titles.



    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.



    Aesop. The Fables of Aesop Paraphras'd in Verse: Adorn'd with Sculpture, and Illustrated with Annotations. The Second Edition. By John Ogilby, Esq; Master of His Majesties Revells in the Kingdom of Ireland. by AESOP; John OGILBY, translator

    London:: Printed by Thomas Roycroft, for the Author, 1668., 1668. 2 volumes. Tall 4to. [iv], 211, [1]; [iv], 231, [1] pp. Titles printed in red & black. With the rare portrait of Ogilby and a total of 150 engraved plates [by Wenceslaus Hollar, Barlow and Stoop], historiated initials, head and tail pieces; pl. facing p. 59 with marginal tear; vol. II, pp. 111-2 + facing plate with edges tears (small piece missing, no loss of plate or text), pls. facing p. 138 + 157 with marginal tears. Vol. I: Original blind and gilt-tooled calf (mismatched bindings); rebacked in similar calf, gilt-stamped leather spine label, later endleaves. Vol. II: Original full suede leather; rebacked to match, leather spine label, later endleaves, edge worn. Bookplate of Frances Thomas de Grey Carl Cowper, Panshanger, (1834–1905), the seventh Earl Cowper. Second edition (first issued in 1651). This is one of the most important illustrated books issued in seventeenth-century England, including some of the best work of Wenceslaus Hollar. "In 1665, Ogilby produced a folio edition of this work; the larger format required larger plates, and Ogilby employed Wenceslaus Hollar to "transmute Cleyn's leaden images into golden ones" (Hodnett, Barlow 143). Hollar re-did fifty-seven of eighty plates, and the rest were copied from Clein by Dirk Stoop. In 1668, Ogilby followed up on the success of this volume with AEsopics: or, A second collection of fables, paraphas'd in verse, adorn'd with sculpture, which included fifty new fables and thirty-eight new illustrations, half by Hollar, and most of the other half by Barlow. The first volume was published again in 1668, and both volumes were re-issued in 1673 and 1675." -Acheson "The political edge of the fables is particularly pronounced in the late seventeenth-century Aesops, which were published within a period of political conflict for an audience with an appetite for political analysis, allegory, and opinion. Both of the men responsible for the late seventeenth-century Aesops, John Ogilby and Francis Barlow, were involved with contemporary politics, even if their commitments were as much shaped by professional and commercial opportunities as they were by principle or ideology: Ogilby was a royalist polemicist, and Barlow published a set of prints supporting the Whig cause during the Popish Plot and its aftermath. While it is probably true, as is often said, that the fables have not received critical attention equal to their level of popularity and ideological importance in early modern culture, the quality and thoroughness of existing studies offer an excellent grounding in the cultural importance and impact of the verbal texts of Aesop's fables in early modern England. . . The collections of fables published by Ogilby (first in 1651) and Barlow (first in 1666) were very different kinds of books than the many versions printed before them, and their illustrations were an important part of their appeal and interest. These were expensive folios directed at adult audiences, generously illustrated with high-quality etchings designed by distinguished artists and executed by some of the best engravers working in England at the time." – Katherine Acheson, "The Picture of Nature: Seventeenth-Century English Aesop's Fables," The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2009). John Ogilby (also Ogelby, Oglivie) (1600–1676) was a Scottish translator, impresario and cartographer, best known for publishing the first British road atlas, he also translated works and was noted for publishing his work in handsome illustrated editions. His first edition of Aesop was published in 1651, featuring illustrations by Francis Clein [Cleyn]. In 1665 he published a second, revised edition of The Fables of Aesop, this time illustrated by Wenceslaus Hollar's renowned prints, just one year in front of the great London fire. See: Katharine S. Van Eerde, John Ogilby and the Taste of His Times, Dawson, 1976; Edward Hodnett, Aesop in England: The Transmission of Motifs in 17th Century Illustrations of Aesop's Fables, Clark Library, 1979.



    The Great Fables by Komroff, Manuel (Editor)

    New York: Lincoln Macveagh. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1928. 1. Hard Cover. Full black cloth, medallion blind-stamped on front cover, gilt lettering and decoration on spine, t.e.g. (brown), fore-edge deckle. Illustrated with B&W drawings throughout. . Some mild wear around corners, spine sunned, remnants of former owner's bookplate on fep, date "December 28, 1932" written at bottom of ffep, else near fine. VERY GOOD+. . Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. viii, 486, (1) pp .



    Fables De Lokman text Arabe revu sur les Meilleures Editions Collationne avec le Manuscrit de la Bibliotheque Inperiale by Cherbonneau, A

    Paris: Hachette, Paris. Hardcover. D'un Dictionnaire. Text-block loose, may be candidate for repair or rebinding. In Arabic in French. * . Good. 1870.



    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 BY MR. JOHN GAY by Gay, John

    NY: White and Allen. Very Good with no dust jacket. ca1900. Hardcover. 16mo 6" - 7" tall; Becorative brown and gilt cloth over patterned boards. ND but circa late 1800's. Bookplate of Jospehine L Thompson, some scattered light foxing to front matter. .



    Fables. A rare 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. Illustrator: J. A. Shepherd. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Strand Magazine; Inventory No: 252554..

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