Fables of La Fontaine, 6th ed., Vol. I
La Fontaine, Jean de
Wright, Elizur (translator)
. Tappan and Dennet . Boston
PQ1811.E3 W6 1843b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A lovely small fancy edition, with marbled boards and gilt on spines. It seems at first identical with the fourth edition of the same year, but a closer look reveals a wonderful surprise. Wright replaces the Notice of October, 1842, with a new one dated from Dorchester, March 3, 1843. The old one had acknowledged Hartwell and Grandville. The new notice includes this statement: The testimonies of my success in this respect are extremely gratifying. But, having reason to suppose, from criticisms both friendly and unfriendly, that the work might be rendered more acceptable to parents and teachers in other respects, I have, with some care, revised it for that purpose, changing many expressions, altering some fables, and entirely omitting a few. The places of those omitted are filled up with other fables from his own pen. Thus in this volume The Fly and the Game is inserted for The Bitch and Her Friend (2.7), The Dog and the Cat for The Mountain in Labor (5.10), and The Golden Pitcher for The Young Widow (6.21). Catching the smaller alterations would be fun sometime! The substitutions are marked in the AI for both volumes at the beginning of Volume I. The impression of the illustrations seems darker here than in the fourth edition; it is easier to read detail in the earlier edition. These two fancy volumes originally sold for the grand total of $1. There are six pages of tribute to Tappan's edition at the end of Volume I.