1784. Newcastle : printed by and for T. Saint, MDCCLXXXIV. .
8vo, xii, 308, ii (index) pp. With woodcuts throughout by T. and J. Bewick. Early half calf, marbled boards, red label, binding a bit worn but sound, internally good. P. 179 misnumbered 197.
§ First edition thus, and a scarce book in good condition. Bewick wrote that the cuts were “partly by my late brother, when he was an apprentice, and partly by David Martin, whom I respected as a Man, but was obliged from inability to seek some other line of work.” (Tattersfield) Though Bewick did not remember the commission fondly, the blocks cut for the book had a long life in the hands of different publishers being last employed for Emerson Charnley of Newcastle’s Select Fables of 1820. Tattersfield TB 2.574. PML 14. ESTC T78508. Item #122941