Reynard the Fox and Other Fables
La Fontaine, Jean de
Larned, W. T
. Dover Publications, Inc., . Joliet, Ill. ,
PZ8.1.R33 2014 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is Dover's reprint of the 1925 original. The hardbound 6 x 9 Volland volume has become an 8¼ x 11 paperbound Dover volume. Pagination has been added and the cover picture is not extended from the front through the back. The back cover here is rather textual description of the book. The typesetting of the text on the front cover has also changed. The final page has the same illustration but now has only The End rather than a description of the Volland ideal. I find the illustrations in this book still as indistinct as I have in so many copies of the original! Otherwise let me quote what I say about the original. This book uses the illustrations of the Volland 1918 Fables in Rhyme for Little Folks (see my listing for 1918/24?) and puts them now with prose stories rather than the verse used there. Most fables also get new titles. In addition, the order is changed, so that now the ass from MSA is holding a (miswritten Latin?) farewell sign four fables before the book ends! Though some illustrations come out clear, I am still disappointed at how frequently the Volland illustrations end up lacking definition. The end-paper illustration here is dramatically clear!