Fables by the Late Mr Gay
This is my earliest Gay edition except for the 1967 facsimile reprint of the 1727 and 1738 editions by the William Andrews Clark Library. The illustrations here are clearly related to those but not identical with them. Nor are these the later plates several of which William Blake did in 1793 (Hobbs 80-81). Like many, these plates seem to be modeled on the work of Gravelot (Hobbs 70-71). I like these strong illustrations. Were the illustrations perhaps done independently and inserted later into the text? The plates (e.g., between 24 and 25) do not match the surrounding pages well. This title-page design seems to be the reverse of the title-page design in the 1738 edition.
printed for C. Hitch and L. Hawes; J. and R. Tonson; J. Rivington; J. Rivington and J. Fletcher; J. Ward W. Johnston; R. Horsfield; J. Richardson; P. Davey and B. Law,