Fables by the late Mr Gay. In two volumes

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1755?
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This little book of 192 pages, about 4 x 6½, has leather covers -- the front cover is separated -- and marbled endpapers. There is a 1922 owner's signature on the front endpaper. Light pencil marks in the text highlight certain pieces. The book has generally very clean and fresh contents with a tight text block. The beginning T of C covers both volumes, which are continuously paginated. The book has a curious place in bibliographical history, as described by the eBay seller. 163-164 are numbered 164-163. The printer, Foulis, has been identified by the type. This is a very rare title but there are two recorded variants. In one, page 35 has the signature E2 and in the other the signature is lacking. This present volume lacks the E2 signature. On COPAC the Cambridge University copy lacks E2 but their list of identifying features are not found in this present volume and in the Cambridge volume pages 163-164 are correctly numbered. Edinburgh University and the National Library of Scotland each have a copy where E2 is present. There is no record on COPAC of a copy without E2 but also without the variations listed in the Cambridge copy. This present copy may therefore be a third variant. I would add that one of the dating points for the book is the presence here of the long s, that met its demise in the 1790's.
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Printed for Alexander McKenzie
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