London: Stockdale, John, 1793. Four quarto volumes. xi, 225; vii, 188; lxv, 189 (misnumbered 891); xi, 228pp. First editions, first issues, of both sets, printed with the long "s." The Gay volumes are illustrated with an engraved title page and engravings by various artists, including William Blake, who freely adapted his twelve illustrations from earlier editions. Also contains the advertisement, dated February 2, 1793, for Aesop's Fables, apparently printed after the Gay, indicating Blake as one of the engravers after Barlow's designs. Small, marginal repair to one leaf, else a fine, unusually clean set, handsomely bound in green half morocco and marbled boards by Tout, spines tooled in gilt. A.e.g. All four volumes with red ribbon bookmark. Item #30732
(Bentley 371A; Keynes 106; Ray/English 1).