Tale of Tails: Ten Fables
. Elephant Press . Cornwall, UK
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Here is a lovely set of ten short stories, each with a colored full-page illustration. This copy is numbered #200 of 200 and signed by both the author and the illustrator. The covers are black morocco, with a spine lettered in gilt and the front cover graced by a gilt version of Bratby's most dramatic design from "The Tale of Tails" on 69. Though the title-page lists 1975 as the date of publication, the colophon indicates that the work begun in 1974 was concluded in 1976. The colophon also declares that the book is printed on handmade paper made by Timothy Powell of Sheepstor, Devon. The title-page is done attractively in red and black. I read and enjoyed the first two stories. The first presents a monkey and elephant who daydream of going into business but find all their dreams failing. The second describes two flowers who must learn through experience to treasure what they offer. There is a list of subscribers at the rear; with all those subscribers, I am surprised that I found a copy of the book. Very good condition throughout. Not in Bodemann.