Fables by Walter Brown. With Cuts by Thomas Bewick.

London: Published by S. Grosvenor, 324, Upper Street, Islington, MDCCCLXXXIV [1884]. Small 4to, (12), (1)-68, (6) pp. Original half cloth and blue paper wrapped boards, edges uncut, considerable wear to boards and backstrip, endpapers toned, occasional foxing throughout, but pages generally bright and with good impressions of the woodcuts. Illustrated with vignette woodblocks originally used for the Sportsman’s Cabinet of 1803, acquired by Walter Brown. Though Tattersfield refers to the work as “dispiriting” (perhaps sated on other fruit as he prepared his exhaustive three-volume bibliography) the book is nonetheless an interesting example of a late nineteenth century fable book intended to illustrate natural history as much as to convey moral lessons, indeed to the extent the morals are omitted entirely. An uncommon Bewick title in institutions and in the trade. (Tattersfield TB 2.609) (Item Id: 107111)

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