The Fables of La Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
Wright, Elizur (translator)
. H.M. Caldwell Co. . NY/Boston ,
PQ1811.E3 W6 1881 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This handy-sized edition of the Wright translation of LaFontaine with frontispiece of La Fontaine and three illustrations has a curious place in the history of Wright editions. Apparently it reproduces the preface and text used in both the four-volume Estes and Lauriat edition of 1881 and the smaller edition without illustrations listed under 1881?/1896 by George Bell. See my comments on both. Thus it has the long preface detailing the history of Wright's translation, and it includes the corrections but not the expurgations of the sixth edition. The preface presents the five fables that Wright, under some duress, substituted for the expurgated LaFontaine fables in that sixth edition. The three fables illustrated by Le Rat, in what look like poor photographs, are The Boy and the Schoolmaster (28), The Peacock Complaining to Juno (60), and Fortune and the Boy (156). I find no acknowledgement of Le Rat in this book. This volume handles only the first six books of La Fontaine's fables, but it seems unaware of the existence of a larger set to which it may belong. There are notes and an AI of the first six books at the back. There is a pleasant cover illustration of boy and girl sitting back-to-back and reading.