Favourite Fables and Stories About Animals, containing: The Favourite Book of Fables and Favourite Stories about Animals
. Thomas Nelson and Sons . London
xPZ8.2.F386 1894 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an extra copy of a book first acquired sixteen years earlier. The first of the two books combined here I have already had. It is a lovely little book of 117 fables with a mix of illustrators and illustration styles. As I write there, I think I can detect four different styles and, presumably, sources. (1) The sharpest and best is a set of mid-sized rectangular engravings by W. Small (e.g., 17 and 25). (2) The largest occupy a full page, broken in some way by the presence of text (e.g., 13 and 57). (3) Next in size comes a set of large squares (59 and 75). Either of these last two categories may be by or from Weir. (4) The smallest rectangles seem to be a poor man's Bewick (11 and 20). I wish I could place the source of the ass's sprawl on 49. See my comment there on the Weir illustration of TB on 73. The second volume of longer animal stories has the same variety of illustration styles.