Fables: With a Life of the Author
London: John Stockdale, 1793.
First Stockdale edition, first issue with the long "s" throughout, and list of subscribers. xi , 225; , vii, 187,  pp. Two engraved title-pages with vignette, "Gay Monument" frontispiece and 68 illustrations (including 12 etchings by William Blake). Later full calf polished with gilt borders, gilt decorated spines; marbled endpapers and edges. Very Good with joints expertly repaired and strengthened, some general light wear and scuffing to calf, offsetting to endpaper edges, illustrated bookplates of author and bibliophile Louise Ward Watkins, and Frances and Jourdan Hoyt, scattered light foxing to interiors. The first edition of Gay's classic Fables to have etchings by William Blake, who is listed as one of the subscribers at the rear. Item #140941779