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Lot 1092: John Gay FABLES OF THE LATE MR GAY 1803 Antique English Animal Stories Morals 12mo Frontispiece Portrait
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Fables by the Late Mr. Gay
Author: John Gay - John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for "The Beggar's Opera" (1728), a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.
Publisher: Printed for Lane and Newman
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 176 pages
Width: 3" Height: 4.25"
Book Details: John Gay is known today for "The Beggars' Opera" and the "Fables."
The book contains sixty-six fables, including: The Sheherd and the Philosopher, The Spaniel and the Cameleon, The Wild Boar and the Ram, The Tame Stag, The Pin and the Needle, The Philosopher and the Pheasants, The Monkey who had seen the World, The Elephant and the Bookseller, The Mastiff, The Two Monkeys, The Rat-catcher and Cats, The Jugglers, The Man and the Flea, The Ant in Office, The Squire and His Cur, The Degenerate Bees and others.
Condition / Notes: This antique 12mo volume has flexible leather boards with moderate external rubbing and chipping. The boards are loose, as are some pages near the beginning of the text block. The frontispiece depicts "the universal apparition." The title page and frontispiece show some moisture marking. The pages show mild age toning and occasional very light marginal spotting.
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