FABLES. [BIRCH, Jonathan]. CRUICKSHANK, R. ~ Fifty-one Original Fables, with Morals and Ethical Index. Also a translation of Plutarch's Banquet of the Seven Sages, revised for this work.
85 illustrations by R. Cruickshank engraved on wood by Dodd, Williams, Bonner & others. Title page printed in red and black. 8vo., handsome later half calf, spine decorated in gilt in compartments, cloth sides. An extremely good copy.
The preface is signed by ‘Job Crithannah’ an anagram of Jonathan Birch. The fables are varied and include such tales as The Thistle and the Wheat, The Truant Ass, The Warrener and the Ferret, The Boy and the Rattlesnake, The Ruin and the Ivy. Aesop and the Libertine and Prometheus and Man.
Robert Cruikshank was the elder brother of the famous George and son of the Socttish bpainter and caricaturist Isaac Cruikshank.