London: Printed for J. Tonson in the Strand; Printed for J. Tonson and S. Draper in the Strand, 1735; 1745. Sixth Edition; Fifth Edition. Hardcover. 12mo. 2 vol. 296 pp.; 345 pp. Gathered in 12s except the O gathering (ends at O4). I9 of Volume One signed A. Bound in later 19th century full red, fine-grained morocco with gilt tooling on the edges of the boards and gilt tooling as decoration on the boards. Spine has six gilt rules, with the title in gilt on each spine; the Fables has the year 1745 in gilt on its spine. All edges gilt, beautiful marble endpapers and pastedowns. Finely bound by Cecil and Larkins. Both volumes collate as complete. Title page of Satyrs in black ink, title page of Fables in red and black ink. Decorated throughout with woodcuts (Satyrs has 25 wood engravings with a portrait of Charles the Earl of Middlesex and a portrait of Persius), each volume has its frontispiece. Packer 29. Text internally very clean, the boards are in exceptional condition. A beautiful set of two collections of stories from some of the greatest authors in the Western canon, with translations from one of the greatest translators of Classical literature. Near Fine. Item #00007862
A Near Fine set with moderate age-darkening to the spines, else a lovely set of eighteenth century literature.