The Fables of Aesop: Altemus' Young P
. Henry Altemus . Philadelphia
PZ8.2.A254 1899b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Compiled is right! The illustrators in this small, squarish book include Billinghurst, Weir, and Tenniel. The texts come from James and others. The fascinating advertisements for books at the back allow, I believe, for relative dating of these two printings and of the adjacent listing of an Altemus book. The Yoffee copy here advertises books in this series for $.40 apiece. Its binding has orange coloring, and its frontispiece is Billinghurst's The Cat and the Fox. The Meandaur copy has a colored frontispiece of LM and offers books in this series for $.50 apiece. It is inscribed 1901; prices seem to have gone up fast between 1899 and 1901! Both of these copies use some red ink on their title pages. One question remains: Why would the title page claim sixty illustrations and the advertisements sixty-two?