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Fables...with the Life of the Author. Embellish'd with Seventy Elegant Engravings. In One Volume Complete.

about 1796
Engraved by J. Suffield (English, late 18th century), Engraved by John Scott (English, 1744–1828), Engraved by Thomas Rothwell (English, about 1742–1807), Engraved by Owen, Engraved by Simpkins (English, late 18th century), After William Blake (English, 1757–1827), Author John Gay (English, 1685–1732), Printer Charles Whittingham (English, 1767–1840), Publisher G. & J. Robinson (active 1788-1811), Binding by Christian Samuel Kalthoeber (active 1780–1816)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet II, 1510


Overall: 16.9 x 10.8 x 3 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/4 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 70 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: C. Whittingham, for G. & J. Robinson [and 18 others, about 1796]) Small quarto; 123 leaves; contemporary gilt-stamped marbled brown calf (Christian Kalthoeber).

Engraved title with author portrait; view of author’s memorial; illustrations to fables

London: C. Whittingham, for G. & J. Robinson [and 18 others, about 1796]


Acquired in 1922 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent