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

John Gay

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Gay's Fables


London :: Printed by Darton & Harvey, for F. & C. Rivington, B & B. White, T. Longman, B. Law & Son, ... [and 14 others in London],, 1793

Physical Description

[2], xvi, 256 p., engr. t.-pl., [35] engr. pl. (= [68] ill.) ; 8º

General Note

One of two settings with the same titlepage. In this setting the last line of text on A2r ends 'not known.', catchword: 'The'; and Q3 is signed.
The titlepage is engraved and not part of gathering A.
This is in effect a piracy of the celebrated Stockdale edition of 1793.


ESTC, T13872


Front free endpaper inscribed in ink: William S Davis / 1852.

Binding Note

Early 19th-century mottled calf, missing spine label.

Name as Subject


Fables, English.


T. Longman, publisher/bookseller
F. and C. Rivington, publisher/bookseller
Darton and Harvey, printer
B. and B. White, publisher/bookseller
B. Law and Son, publisher/bookseller