The Fables of La Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
. Cassel Petter and Galpin, , Cassell, Petter, and Galpin . London and NY ,
PQ1811.E3 T61 n.d. (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Might this be the first edition of the English-language edition of Doré that Anne Stevenson Hobbs praises (100), especially for its large print and generous format? She lists 1868 as its date in brackets, which I take to indicate that there is no date in the book, as there is none here. There is some spotting and foxing early, and some variation in the paper from signature to signature. The large wood-engraved illustrations come off strong, like MM (405) and the human scene given for The Two Fowls (417). This is another heavy book, as I discovered in carrying it around on the rest of this trip! I have written to the Victoria and Albert to see if I can determine whether this is a first. See the French edition under 1868. Cassell published under his own name from 1849 through 1859. The firm had the name of Cassell, Petter, and Galpin from 1859 through 1883, so we have at least a terminus ante quem of 1883.