Translated by Sir Roger L'Estrange, Kt. With Plates & Decorations by Stephen Gooden. For full description see below - after all photographs. 1936, Signed Numbered Limited Edition. Small 4to, 313, [i]pp.12 full page engravings with numerous smaller engravings decorating the first letter of each fable. Original full vellum, gilt titles to spine, gilt rule to covers, with small pictorial decorations to corners and centre, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Limited to 525 copies of which this is No.
226, signed by the illustrator Stephen Gooden. Includes L'Estrange's preface to the whole collection, his reflections on each fable reprinted here, and The Life of Aesop. One of Gooden's best, if not the best, of the many books he illustrated: DNB notes Apart from a few individual plates, for example, St George (1935) and Diana (1940), Gooden worked chiefly as a book illustrator, a field that fascinated him from childhood, beginning in 1923 with the Nonesuch Press Anacreon. He contributed to twenty works, notably the Bible Nonesuch, 5 vols. 1925/7, The Fables of Jean de la Fontaine 2 vols.Heinemann, 1931, and Aesop's Fables (Harrap, 1935 sic). In addition, Gooden designed and engraved more than forty bookplates, including those for Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth, and Princess Margaret, and four for the Royal Library, Windsor Castle.
Approximately 10 ¼ inches tall. Spine good condition gilt titles, small gilt design in the 4. Compartment, 5 raised bands dividing 6 compartments, gilt to the outer tips of the spine.Boards good condition full vellum boards. Gilt rule to covers, with small pictorial decorations to corners and centre, no centre decoration on the rear board as called for. Page edges good condition top edge gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Paste downs good condition marbled, the front paste down has a small red leather bookplate Margot Holmes. End papers good condition marbled. Title good condition b/w pictorial design with lose tissue guard. Pages good condition 12 full page engravings with numerous smaller engravings decorating the first letter of each fable. Binding good condition sound, very attractive book. Publication Date: 1936 Binding: Hardback. We take great pride in photographing all our books, maps and prints and in describing every detail.
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