A handsome copy of this Fables of Aesop edition, with the charming illustrations by Thomas Bewick. The thumb-mark receipt plate before the title-page has been signed by Bewick, with the note to indicate that this is the Demy octavo edition and priced by hand; what makes this copy more interesting is the additional dedication by Bewick to ‘Mr T.L. Busby’, presumably the printer/artist Thomas Lord Busby, who knew Beswick and had even commenced on a portrait of the illustrator in 1815, though the whereabouts of this portrait are now shrouded in the mists of time.
First edition, ‘Demy’ issue, issue with ‘Old Clouty’ vignette to p.xvi and ‘honour and honesty’ to last line of p.248, signed presentation copy from the author; 8vo (215 x 125 mm.); Bewick’s signed thumb-mark receipt with over-printed copper-engraved red seaweed spray, woodcut title-vignette and illustrations by or after Thomas Bewick throughout, bookplate on front pastedown; late 19th century full red calf gilt by Zaehnsdorf with gilt corner-pieces to covers and spine motifs within raised bands and gilt compartments in style of Bewick woodcuts, marbled endpapers, gilt edges, light scuff to lower cover, very slight loss of tone to spine, but overall a very attractive example.
1. The engraver and painter Thomas Lord Busby (1782-c.1837), inscribed from Bewick.
2. Engraved bookplate Charles Plumtree Johnson (1853-1938), lawyer, Dickens & Thackeray scholar.
Stock ID: 99303