Longmans, Green, and Co. London. 1898.
NEW IMPRESSION of the 1896 first book edition to contain the fables. 8vo. (7.5 x 5.2 inches). viii, 247pp. Foxing to the blank white endleaves but generally the book is clean and bright throughout the printed pages. Finely bound in early twentieth century full dark blue morocco leather. Spine with five raised bands, decorated with gilt piping. Compartments double ruled and lettered in gilt. Boards with single gilt dots to each corner. Board edges have gilt ruled lines to the corners. Inner dentelles in gilt. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Some very minor rubbing to edges of binding but overall this is a near fine copy. The binding is unsigned but is certainly the work of a master bookbinder.