A Little Pretty Pocket-Book
. F.G. Melcher . NY ,
PE1119.A1 L57 1944 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Formerly in the Lenox Library, NY. See my comments on the source from which Thomas took his inspiration, Newbury's edition of 1744/67/1966/67. This book is clearly modeled on--but not a facsimile of--Newbury's work, as the frontispiece already demonstrates. Again, there are simple woodcuts throughout; the introduction points out that Bewick will soon revolutionize book illustration. The pages move through Great A to Little a and so on. At Great X (66) we get four fables: The Wolf and the Kid, The Husbandman and the Stork, BW, and Mercury and the Woodman (with only 2 hatchets involved). After each there is a nice little letter of application from Jack the Giant Killer. Good proverbs on 90-93.