The Fables of Aesop with Instructive Applications Illustrated with One Hundred Engravings
. Milner and Sowerby . Halifax ,
PA3855.E5 C7 1870c (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a wonderful little find, 3¾ x 5. Most Croxall editions (including the earliest) have 196 fables. This edition has 211 fables. Miller’s 1865 edition has 248. In fact, there are 208 here and then three separate Select Fables. The dedication to Lord Halifax has been dropped. To the normal Croxall preface a last paragraph has been added. If young people will read it two or three times, the original authors and the present compilers will be thought to have spent their time well. Notice the twofold group spoken of here. There is an unusual fold-out frontispiece of Aesop writing in the presence of the animals. The small illustrations are simple but charming. They are all done in an unadorned rectangle format; the ovals that started with Kirkall are not to be found, nor is there any ornamentation of the rectangular frame. The influence of Bewick on the illustrations seems strong (e.g., on 7 and 78). The approach to representing SW in terms of crossing forces making an X is novel (62). The monkey-mother here has inadvertently dashed the favorite child’s head against a stone (265). Among the best and/or most typical illustrations are those for The Nurse and the Wolf (60), The Peacock and the Crane (73), The Lion in Love (99), The Two Crabs (156), and The Horse and the Lion (201). The frontispece and title-page are separated, and the spine is cracking. T of C at the front. Inscribed in 1874. The end of the book presents a 32-page catalogue of available books.