Selections from Aesop's Fables
Bates, Clara Doty
. Pictorial Literature Society . London
PZ8.2.A254 Se 1884 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is nearly identical with the two Lothrop versions of 1884. See my comments there. Let me list the differences. The cover and the pre-title-page give Select Fables as the title. There are brown and white decorative endpapers. Before and after the book proper, there are two pages of advertisements for Wells & Coverly Clothiers in Troy, NY. The frontispiece is of The Cat's Court of Appeals (featuring the cat, the rabbit, and the weasel adjudicating over house-theft). Where the Lothrop editions on the back of the title-page give a date, this edition gives a picture of a cat in a rocking chair eyeing a mouse on the floor. The T of C, like that in the Lothrop editions, is unusual for giving artists but no page numbers. Of course, there are no page numbers! The condition is, as the bookseller's description points out, only fair.