Fontaine's Fables, With Which Are Included Aesop's Fables.
La Fontaine, Jean de
Rich, Edwin Gile
. Small Maynard & Company, . Boston
PQ1811.E3 R53 1922 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book has some fascinating features among its forty-three fables from LaFontaine (through 75) and its fifty-four from Aesop. There is never more than one fable to a page. The LaFontaine portion seems to me to represent LaFontaine faithfully in English prose; the Aesopic texts seem to represent the tradition without any clear errors. The plates are from T.C. Derrick, but he is nowhere acknowledged; several of the illustrations have his 1910 D monogram. In a curious move, two of the illustrations are used for quite distinct fables. Thus the DLS there becomes an illustration here for The Ass and the Mule. And the illustration there for GGE becomes here that for The Birdcatcher, the Partridge, and the Cock. In both cases, some French text is removed from the original illustration. The break between authors comes on 78. There is a T of C at the beginning.