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The Most Delectable History of Reynard the Fox. Newly Corrected and Purged, from all grossness in Phrase and Matter. Augmented and Enlarged with sundry Excellent Morals and Expositions upon every several Chapter. To which may now be added a Second Part of the said History: As also the Shifts of Reynardine the Son of Reynard the FOX, Together with the Life and Death, &c. Printed by T. Ilive, for Edward Brewster, at the Sign of the Crane in St. Pauls Church-Yard. London. 1701.

TOGETHER WITH : The Most Pleasant and Delightful History of Reynard the Fox. The Second Part. Containing Much Matter of Pleasure and Content. Written for the Delight of Young Men, Pleasure of the Aged, and Profit of all. To which is added many Excellent Morals. Printed by A. M. and R. R. for Edward Brewster, at the Sign of the Crane in St. Pauls Church-yard. London. 1681. TOGETHER WITH : The Shifts of Reynardine The Son of Reynard the Fox, Or a Pleasant History of His Life and Death. Full of Variety, &c. And may fitly be applied to the Late Times. Now Published for the Reformation of Mens Manners. Printed by T. J. for Edward Brewster at the Crane in St.Pauls-Church-Yard, and Thomas Passenger at the Three Bibles on London Bridge. London. 1684.

pp. (160); (112); (viii), 160. 62 woodcuts in Part I, from 39 blocks [the cut at C4 is slightly misprinted, omitting the lower left corner] ; 15 woodcuts in Part II of which 5 are repeats, and all are repeats from Part I. Most of the woodcuts are signed E[dward]. B[rewster]. Nineteenth century polished calf, sometime rebacked keeping the original spine, tiny rust-hole in the lower margin D1 Part I, a small hole in the text of F2 Part I affecting a couple of letters each of two words recto and two verso, top edge margin of I1 Part I slightly shaved, and also fore-edge margins of the two following leaves, signature D Part II slightly browned and foxed, final leaf of part with an old repair in the lower margin not affecting text, some paper flaws to the odd margin in Part III not affecting text, occasional trivial marginal damp marks and dust soiling but overall a very good copy, with the etched book-plate for R. M. CHIRNSIDE, signed in the plate by JOHN SHIRLOW and also by him in pencil in the lower margin.

*JOHN SHIRLOW (1869-1936) was the first Australian to make etching the basis of his career. Schooled in Melbourne, he studied for a time with Artur Loureiro and attended design classes at the National Gallery School from 1890 to 1895. Specialising in renderings of old Melbourne buildings, which are now of great historical interest, he drew directly onto the plate in reverse. In 1929 he founded etching classes at the Working Men's Institute. Throughout his life a prominent figure on the Victorian art scene, he was involved in various choirs and bushwalked with R.H. Croll and C.J. Dennis. He was a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1922 to 1936. (

Date Published: 1701-1681-1684. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to.

Stock No. 59943

Price: 7,500.00