Fairy Land Tales Told Long Ago
. F.M. Lupton Publishing Company . NY ,
PZ8.F357 1885 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This large-format book with cheap paper presents a potpourri of children's texts and illustration from various genres, with four full-color inserted pages of dressed up children not related to the texts. The black-and-white illustrations suffer throughout from being printed on poor paper. Late in the book we arrive at ten fables, with Hop o' My Thumb and Jack and Jill interspersed. They are generally identical to ten of the twelve fables found in Selections from Aesop's Fables (1884) published by Lothrop. Seven of the ten keep the prose texts that all had in Lothrop, but they do not simply repeat Lothrop's plates for those. The Larks and the Farmer includes a full-page illustration independent of--even foreign to?--the copious other illustrations for this fable here. It changes, for example, the number of young larks. The problem of congruence with story occurs in two inserted pages for TMCM. These three pages were not in the Lothrop edition. Otherwise the illustrations follow the texts well. One can identify the illustrators here most easily by looking at the Lothrop edition's T of C page. Bates amplifies and develops fables so that they occupy five or six pages each. Thus young ants sing, go to school, and use wheelbarrows. The best of the texts may be FS. The most famous illustrator here is Childe Hassam for TMCM. In this version, the country mouse wants to join the town dance in progress!