London: John Stockdale, 1793. Four volumes. Tall 8vo. Aesop: [ii], lxv, 189, ; [ii], 248 pp.; Gay: [ii], xii, 225; [ii], vii, 188 pp. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Gay, Vol. II includes the advertisement leaf following the title page and publisher's advertisement on verso of final text leaf for an edition of Barlow's Aesop and Stockdale fables of Aesop (no dates noted). Engraved title page in each volume, plus 112 plates in the Aesop and 70 plates in Gay, 12 by William Blake; plates with blank leaves as guards. A large paper copy bound in polished mottled calf with matching flyleaves, gilt-ruled around the edges and inner dentelles, gilt decorated spine. All edges gilt. Interior has some light offsetting from plates as usual. Item #10798
First edition, first issue of both works with the long "s" throughout. An exquisite set.