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. 2 vol. 12mo. , vi-cxi, , 296,  pp.; , 2-345,  pp. I9 of Volume One signed A. Set bound in 19th century full red, fine-grained morocco with gilt tooling and ruling to 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. Volume one is illustrated with a frontispiece and a copper-engraved portrait of Charles the Earl of Middlesex and portrait of the bust of Persius, illustrated with an additional 23 wood-engraved plates. Volume two illustrated with a frontispiece, title page printed in red and black. 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.