Fables in Rhyme for Little Folks Adapted from the French of La Fontaine.
La Fontaine, Jean de
Larned, W. T
. Wise Book Co. . NY ,
PZ24.2.L37 Fab 1950 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A nice Volland reprint. Unfortunately the pictures often do not come out clearly. The printers seem to have had trouble with color separation and the exact matching of separate color impressions. One gets an impression of what must have been a fine book if it was ever printed carefully. Individual illustrations are sometimes very different in their coloring among the four copies. For now at least I will keep three in the collection: the green Academy edition and the Iliad and Delavan copies. The Academy edition adds one picture: a wintry hand removes the grasshopper's coat. At the corresponding point, the other copies show the grasshopper on the way to the poorhouse. That illustration is then repeated four pages later. The Iliad copy is in the best book shape but there may be questions about the quality of its colored printing. The Old Book Shop copy has a damaged front endpaper with a sticker on its back, and the paper seems to change from cream to white for a portion in the middle of the book. The Downtown copy seems to be fuzzy in its illustrations more frequently than the others. The poorhouse illustration mentioned above makes a good example of differing colors among the editions; another is the Amor Vincit medallion and the facing arch-like illustration for AD. Each fable is given both in prose and in verse, with the pictures sometimes repeated. The pictures show wit, right from the monkey reading in the frontispiece. I would love to get my hands on a first edition someday!