The Fables of Aesop and Others Translated into Human Nature (Hand-colored)
. W. Kent & Co./Calligraphics . Berkeley
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Here is a lovely product of the labor of love of Paul Veres. He has scanned an original copy of the 1857 edition, cleaned it up with Photo Shop, and reproduced it on excellent paper. In this case, he has also bound the book with a fitting spine. That spine in fact includes not only the title but a lovely little image of the dapper fox from The Fox and the Crocodile (18). The result may be the cleanest version yet of Bennett in color. Let me include some comments from the original hand-colored edition: I had given up on the existence of this colored version when I found a Bibliocity advertisement for it from Sotheran and followed up. Am I ever glad that I did! This book is beautiful! Sotheran rightly speaks of the spirited handcoloured engraved plates. The book-cover is colored. The front reproduces the frontispiece: a man is being tried before a frightening lion judge. The back reproduces WL. The title-page illustration of the man seeing himself as a wolf in the mirror is one of my favorites here. Others include DS (11), Catspaw (14), DW (16), and WSC (21). Pagination is by the number of the individual fable among the 22. Notice the s that is shaped like an f. I had written that the 1857 copy was one of the stars of the collection. I now say the same about this facsimile. Veres and Calligraphics are not acknowledged in the book.