Cassell's Illustrated Book of Fables: La Fontaine, Part 7
Translated into Verse by Walter Thornbury
. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin . London and NY
CasGB 7 .
(cf. #342.3 )
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This British segment begins with Fable XLVIII on 145 and ends with LIII on 168. It is well preserved, without odors and with almost no foxing. The full page illustrations, well rendered, are "The Old Rat," "The Lion in Love," and "The Shepherd and the Sea." The back cover includes an advertisement for "10,000 Christmas Presents" and a date for Cassell's own gift books: Nov., '30, 1867. That advertisement helps to secure the date for this publication. There is an insert at the end from Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company titled "Practical Suggestions Concerning the Selection of a Sewing Machine for Family Use." Here is a curiosity: this is the one number I have in common between the British and American issues. The American #7 ran from 281 through 320. This is roughly 40 pages, whereas the British segments were about 24 pages. The segments were clearly differently distributed.