Jean de la Fontaine: Selected Fables
. Dover . NY
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This is an extra copy of the $2 version that mentions Canada on its back cover. Here is a favorite paperback of mine with lively illustrations, probably not quite as good as those in the Aesop edition Calder did in 1931. The illustrations are well reproduced. I will include six copies of this book under this listing. The book changes little, but the format of its covers and spine does change, and the price changes. Copy A sold for $1.25, as its front and back covers reveal. Its spine has only T1878 in addition to the title, author, and publisher. Dover's symbol on the back cover does not yet have a registered copyright marker. Its plasticene covering is peeling off of the front cover. Its price for me and its source are unrecorded. Copy B seems to have cost $2; the price on this copy is scratched out. The back page removes the price and adds the registered symbol for the Dover trademark. The spine expands the book's number to O-486-21878-3 and adds the Dover trademark. It cost $2 at Gryphon books in New York in May, '89. Copy C also cost $2, as its back cover declares, though the front cover does not show a price. A price for Canada is added to the back cover. The blue framing of the back cover yields to a simple strip of blue continuous with the spine's color. It cost $1 at an unrecorded shop. Copy D shows a price increase to $3.50 but no longer mentions Canada. Now the ISBN appears on the back cover as well as the spine. This copy cost $2 at an unrecorded store. Copy E shows a price increase to $3.95. This worn copy cost $1 at Mary's Book Exchange in Omaha. Copy F shows a price increase to $5.95 and adds a bar code to the back cover. It comes from Cheapybooks.com.