Aesop's Fables (with 48 colour plates)
. Ward Lock & Co., . London
PZ8.2.A254 Wi 1924 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A real find. The retellings are a bit lengthy. The colored illustrations--in the tradition of Norman Rockwell--are delightful. There are great illustrations to show people and several for use in a lecture: FG on 144 and the cigar-smoking city mouse on 171. One of the features of his art here is a significant number of illustrations (like FG) without background: a foreground figure stands out against a sheer white page. Some of the fables seem quite transformed into modern settings. I have moved this book from its first place (1920?) because Ash and Higton list Rountree in 1934, but Gregory Gillert has graciously looked Rountree up and reports a 1924 work for Ward, Lock. This book seems to me to be the most comprehensive in a second group of Rountree work, distinct from the first group (1922?). There are very few repeaters from the first group for subject matter among the illustrations: TH, The Committee of Mice, and FS. In fact, there are few fable repeaters! This book is about 8.5 x 7. It contains two good fable illustrations on each of its endpapers. It has no black-and-white illustrations at all. Had Rountree established himself by earlier, cheaper work, so that he had a chance to do extensive expensive work here that he wanted to do?