The Favourite Book of Fables
. Pryor Publications . Whitstable, Kent, England
xPZ8.2.F387 2002 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an extra copy of this book. This book reproduces the 1890 original version by Thomas Nelson and Sons. Pryor Publications is, in their own terms, Specialist in Facsimile Reproductions. I also have a copy of the 1891 printing. This version continues the early edition's beautiful pictorial spine and covers, featuring good colored illustrations of five fables. Noteworthy inside is the mix of illustrators and illustration styles. I think I can detect four different styles and, presumably, sources. (1) The sharpest and best here is a set of mid-sized rectangular engravings by W. Small (e.g., 17 and 25). (2) The largest occupy a full page, broken in some way by the presence of text (e.g., 13 and 57). (3) Next in size comes a set of large squares (59 and 75). Either of these last two categories may be by or from Weir. The TB illustration on 73 seems to be Weir's illustration given by Hobbs on 105 with text inserted, but I find a different TB illustration in my own Weir editions! (4) The smallest rectangles seem to be a poor man's Bewick (11 and 20). I wish I could place the source of the ass's sprawl on 49 and the cover.