This is a very scarce edition of Aesop, published in Aberdeen in 1781: Fables of Æsop and others: translated into English. With Morals and instructive Applications; and a Print before each Fable. To which is prefixed, the Life of Æsop, more enlarged than in any former Edition of this Size. It’s attractive, with, as the title says, a woodcut for each fable—I wonder which book they were originally cut for?—but what drew my attention was the wrapper.
The bookseller I bought it from described it as being “in the original printed wrappers”. I’ve always liked printed wraps, especially 18th-century ones, so I ordered it. However, when it arrived it was evident that the wrappers weren’t original, or at least not from 1781. The typography just wasn’t right. The only conclusion I can come to is that the book was reissued in the early 19th century, with the addition of these wrappers. A 19th-century reissue of an 18th-century book? All things are possible. The wrapper is certainly rare: I have only found one other example of it, suitably enough at the University of Aberdeen (front cover only).