Aesop’s Fables. Translated by Sir Roger L’Estrange Kt.

London: George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd., 1936. One of 525 copies, numbered in ink and signed on the colophon by the artist, five hundred of which are for sale; this is copy 470. An additional eight copies have been printed upon Roman vellum and numbered from one to eight. The present work faithfully f Twelve copper-engraved plates, including tailpiece, illustrated title-page, and historiated initials by Stephen Gooden, printed by A. Alexander and Sons, Ltd., London in London upon handmade paper. Pink heavy card endpapers, slight offsetting from plates, endpapers a bit foxed, gilt slightly faded on spine. A near fine, uncut copy in a very good slipcase with minor soiling and wear. Original vellum, doubled ruled and stamped in gilt, gilt spine. Large octavo. 313, [1, colophon] pp. (Item ID: 16605)


Stephen Gooden (1892-1955) worked chiefly as a book illustrator and was “the first young engraver of the twentieth century who attempted in use the burin as an instrument for engraving romantic and imaginative compositions invented by himself” (Dodgson, ix as quoted in the Oxford DNB)

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