Cassell's Illustrated Book of Fables: La Fontaine, Part 3
Translated into Verse by Walter Thornbury
. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin . London and NY
CasGB 3 .
(cf. #342.3 )
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Earlier I found three of Cassell, Petter, and Galpin's subscription fascicules of Gustave Doré's illustrations of La Fontaine's fables. Those were apparently produced and certainly sold in the USA for $.50 each. Now I have found eight fascicules sold in London for 7d. Apparently the publisher in both countries offered twenty-two parts. The first two pages here are a full-page illustration numbered "II" and titled "The Wolf Turned Shepherd" and 51 with the text of the fable of the same name. The other full-page illustrations in this segment are OR and BC. It is surprising to me that in a time-bound subscription like this there is no indication of date. The seller seemed to have no hesitation in proclaiming a date of 1867. This segment finishes Fable XXIV on 72. From the smell, one can guess that it has spent considerable time in someone's musty basement or cellar! By contrast with the American front cover of the booklet, this British cover is much more elaborate, containing advertisements at the top, near the bottom, and along the left margin. It places the publisher in both London and New York, whereas the American edition mentioned London only in the small print. Whereas the American edition's inside front cover describes this very series, this British version advertises all sorts of products not produced by the publisher. The same is true of the outside back cover. There are even several fliers inserted inside the back-- for wind pills, organic medicine, and starch.