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Select Fables; With Cuts, Designed And Engraved By 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.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Newcastle:: Printed By S. Hodgson, For Emerson Charnley, And Baldwin, Cradock, And Joy, London., M. DCCC. XX.

Physical Description

[ii], xl, 332 p., frontis. (port.): illus.; 206 mm. (Quarto.)


[Frontis., t.p.] - Advertisement - Memoir - Catalogue - Portraits - The Table Of Contents - [Text with illus.].

Responsibility Note

The illustrations are unsigned.


J. Uglow, Nature's engraver: a life of Thomas Bewick (2006); N. Tattersfield, John Bewick engraver on wood 1760-95 (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

As well as Bewick's illustrations of the fables the book contains many decorative tail-pieces by him.


The front pastedown carries the 19th-century bookplate of R.L. Watson.

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, green cloth-covered boards; brown morocco spine-labels lettered 'Bewick 4' and 'Select Fables', spines lettered 'R.A.' and '1820'.

Name as Subject


Animals - Animals in art
Fables - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Illustrated books - Wood engravings - Great Britain - 19th century


Thomas Bewick, source artist, draughtsman, wood-engraver
Mrs. Sarah Hodgson, printer
Emerson Charnley, publisher, bookseller
John Bewick, draughtsman, engraver
R. L. Watson, previous owner
Baldwin, Cradock and Joy (London), publisher