The Fables of James Northcote, R.A.
. Dean and Son . London
PR4507.C3 F192 1854 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Internally and on its cover this book almost exactly matches another for which I guessed a date of 1855. The difference between the two books lies in the title-page. There it was Familiar Fables in Easy Language, Suited to the Juvenile Mind. Here it is rather The Fables of James Northcote, R.A., etc. There we read By Miss Corner but here Re-edited by Miss Corner. There we read further The Illustrations by Alfred Crowquill and James Northcote, Esqs. Here we read And the illustrations embellished by Alred Crowquill, since Northcote was already part of the book's title. Dean and Son there was at 31 Ludgate Hill; here it is on Threadneedle Street. There was no date, but here there is 1854. I presume that this is the earlier book. Its first illustrations seem to set a pattern of better inked and therefore more dramatic illustrations. This book, found twenty-three years after its successor, comes from Michael LaCroix as he retires. He found it among things left to the library director after the books of the Blumberg Theft had been disposed of and some were left unclaimed. I had asked back then if there were not some fable books in the FBI warehouse and was told No. This book then eliminates an anomaly of that later book, which lists 31 Ludgate Hill as its address on the title-page but Threadneedle Street as its address on the advertisements of the final pages of the book. The time-sequence I have imagined for the two copies fits with Wikipedia's report that the firm was first located on Threadneedle Street early in the century; it moved to Ludgate Hill in the middle of the century. Might that move from Threadneedle Street in fact have occurred just after this copy and sometime before that copy? This book is inscribed in 1867. As I wrote of the copy found earlier, the preface claims to shorten and simplify its original's applications; the reference seems to be to Northcote's original series of fables. The fifty fables follow the same two-page format: an engraving in one of five or six standard frames; an engraved initial letter; a fable; and sometimes two applications, one of which is a proverb. Both copies have Northcote's emblem and End of Northcote's Illustrated Fables on 110.