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The Fables of John Dryden, Ornamented with Engravings from the Pencil of the Right Hon. Lady Diana Beauclerc

Fables ancient and modern; translated into verse, from Homer, Ovid, Boccace and Chaucer: with original poems.

Engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (Italian, worked in Italy, England, and Portugal, 1728–1815), Engraved by Thomas Cheesman (English, 1760–1835), Engraved by William Nelson Gardiner (Irish, worked in England, 1766–1814), After Lady Diana Spencer Beauclerk (English, 1734–1808), Author John Dryden (English, 1631–1700), Author Geoffrey Chaucer (English, died in 1400), Author Giovanni Boccaccio (Italian, 1313–1375), Printer Thomas Bensley (English, about 1760–1835), Publisher James Edwards (English, 1757–1816), Publisher Edward Harding (English, 1755–1840)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

ESTC (RLIN): T128162


Overall: 38.4 x 27.8 x 3.8 cm (15 1/8 x 10 15/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 24 stipple engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: T. Bensley, for J. Edwards and E. Harding, 1797) Folio; 131 leaves, plus 9 plates; contemporary blind- and gilt-stamped red morocco.

Illustrations to Dryden’s fables; decorative vignettes

London: T. Bensley, for J. Edwards and E. Harding, 1797


Thomas Gaffield; his gift to MFA Library, 1895; transferred to Print Dept., 1904.

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gaffield