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Select Fables of Esop and other Fabulists. In Three Books.

Etched by Charles Grignion (English, 1717–1810), After Samuel Wale (English, died in 1786), Author Aesop, Author Robert Dodsley (English, 1703–1764), Printer John Baskerville (English, 1706–1775), Publisher James Dodsley (English, 1724–1797)

Place of Publication: Birmingham, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet I, 103; ESTC T084696; Gaskell, Baskerville, 14


Overall: 17.4 x 11.8 x 2.5 cm (6 7/8 x 4 5/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Birmingham: John Baskerville for R. and J. Dodsley, 1761) Octavo; 158 leaves, plus 16 plates; modern gilt-stamped green morocco in a green paper board slipcase (Sangorski & Sutcliffe).

Allegorical frontispiece; small medallion illustrations to each fable; decorative head- and tailpiece vignettes.

Birmingham: John Baskerville for R. and J. Dodsley, 1761


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