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Fables...with a Life of the Author

Engraver William Blake (English, 1757–1827), Engraver William Skelton (English, 1763–1848), Engraver W. Grainger, Engraver Pierre (Peter) Mazell (English, active 1761–1797), Engraver John Hall (English, 1739–1797), Engraver Philipp Audinet (English, 1766–1837), Engraver Lovegrove (English, 18th century), Author John Gay (English, 1685–1732), Publisher John Stockdale (English, 1749?–1814)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Ray, Illustrator and Book in England, 1; Keynes, Bibliography of William Blake, 106; Russell, Blake Engravings, 80; Bentley, Blake Books, 460


Overall (vol. I): 26.8 x 18 x 3.5 cm (10 9/16 x 7 1/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 70 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: John Stockdale, 1793) Octavo, two vols.; [v. 1] 119 leaves, plus engraved title and 52 plates; [v. 2] 99 ll., plus engraved title and 16 pls.; contemporary gilt-stamped brown calf (rebacked; tan cloth box).

Frontispiece of author’s memorial; engraved titles with vignettes; illustrations to fables

London: John Stockdale, 1793


Grendon Hall [blind stamp on title]; George Chetwynd [bookplate]; Baron Simon R. B. Taylor; W. G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955), by whom bequeathed to MFA, April 8, 1964.

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen