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Fabliaux Or Tales, Abridged From French Manuscripts Of The XIIth And XIIIth Centuries By M. Le Grand, Selected And Translated Into English Verse, By The Late G.L. Way, Esq. With A Preface, Notes, and Appendix, By The Late G. Ellis, Esq. A New Edition, Corrected. In Three Volumes. Vol. I. (- III.) -

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Printed For J. Rodwell, (Successor To Mr. Faulder,) New Bond Street, By S. Hamilton, Weybridge, Surrey., 1815.

Physical Description

3 vols.; 183 mm. Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: [4], xli, [3], 223, [1] p.: illus. - Vol. II: [4], 272 p.: illus. - Vol. III: [4], 304 p.: illus.


Vol. I: [T.p.] - Sonnet To G.E. (by G.L.W.) - Sonnet To The Rev. H.T.P. (by G.L.W.) - Preface - Advertisement - [Catch title, 'Fabliaux Or tales, Of The Twelfth And Thirteenth Centuries. Vol. I.'] - [Text] - Notes; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Text] - Notes; [colophon]. - Vol. III: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Text] - Notes - Appendix - Glossary; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The illustrations are unsigned.

The printer's name is repeated in the colophons.


J. Uglow, Nature's engraver: a life of Thomas Bewick (2006); N. Tattersfield, John Bewick (2001); A memoir of Thomas Bewick written by himself, ed. I. Bain (rev. 1979); S. Roscoe, Thomas Bewick: a bibliography raisonnée (1953/R1973).

Summary Note

Each volume is decorated with a title-page vignette, headpieces and tailpieces.

The book had first been published in 1796.


With a preliminary leaf in volume I inscribed in pencil, 'J.E.H.', by the hand of John Evan Hodgson, RA, who served as librarian of the Royal Academy from 1882 to 1895. Purchased for the RA Library in 1882 (see RA Annual Report for 1882, p. 44).

Copy Note

The title page of Volume I is inscribed in ink, 'Illustration by T & J. Bew' and in pencil, 'Note - Woodcuts by Bewick'.

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, green cloth-covered boards; brown morocco spine-labels lettered 'Fabliaux' and 'Vol. I (-III)', spines lettered 'R.A.' and '1815'.

Name as Subject


Tales, French - French poetry - Fabliaux - France - History - 12th century - 13th century
Translations into English - Translations from French - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Illustrated books - Wood engravings - Great Britain - 18th century - 19th century


Thomas Bewick, source artist, draughtsman, wood-engraver
John Bewick, draughtsman, engraver
Gregory Lewis Way, translator
George Ellis, editor
Pierre Jean-Baptiste Le Grand d'Aussy, compiler
Samuel Hamilton, printer
James Rodwell, publisher?
John Rodwell, publisher?