The Fables of Aesop. With a Life of the Author, and
Embellished with One Hundred Twelve Plates. In Two Volumes
By Aesop. Printed for John Stockdale
Picadilly, U.K.: Printed for John Stockdale, 1793. First edition,1793, two
attractive volumes with fine period covers. Handsome binding on Stockdale's
beautifully printed edition of Aesop's fables in the version of Samuel Croxall.
Large paper copy, about ten inches tall.
With 112 engraved plates, including
vignette titles, by Grainger, Bromley, Martin, etc. after those of Francis
Barlow in his 1666 edition. Full brown morocco, with matched spines with five
raised bands and lettered and decorated
in gilt, additional blind ruling at edges, gilt floral turn-ins and gilt page
edges finish this wonderful binding: 10.5” tall: Vol. I:  lxv, 1 adv,
, 189p plus plates. Vol. II: , xi, , 248p plus plates. Minor edge wear,
spine repair to Vol. II, very good, tight bindings with marbled endpapers, plates are very good, most have
offsetting to text pages opposite, both volumes have a few pages with foxing to
the outer margins that do not affect any printed areas, some age toning, otherwise
clean, owners bookplate in both volumes, First
Edition. Hard Cover, 7" x 10.5" tall.
John Stockdale (25 March 1750 –
21 June 1814) was an English publisher whose London shop became a salon for the political classes by the supporters of William
Pitt, John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the
United States, lodged with Stockdale for two months
during 1783. He was an industrious publisher who also issued the London Courant newspaper.
In 1789 he won a famous case against him for defamation brought by the
government that led to the passing of the Libel
Act of 1792, which was a big boost to the defense of the liberty of the