The Fables of Aesop
. Home Book Company . NY ,
PZ8.2.A254 Jac 1895 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This small (4½ x 6½) edition with a plain tan cover and the book's title shares several curious features with the other five like it in format: Montgomery Ward 1894/98 (La Belle Library on cover); Caldwell 1894/1900? (red roses against a gold background on cover); Caldwell 1894/1901? (two children reading on cover); Caldwell 1894/1902? (DS on cover); Pathfinder 1894/1905? (abstract silver designs against maroon background without title on cover). First, one OF illustration is inserted at 67 between The Jay and the Peacock and FS, several pages away from the OF story. Second, the Contents page is not well matched with what follows. It announces A Short History of the Aesopic Fable on 11. It announces next a List of Fables on 19, but it is on 5. It announces Aesop's Fables on 23, but they start on 26. One printer's error can last through many editions! The notes are correctly announced for 205. All these editions finish on 228. Stories frequently run two pages long, one of which has to be turned to view the other. These editions differ in how they handle several features other than their covers: especially the early pages and their illustrations; the preface and history mentioned above; the acknowledgement of the editor, Joseph Jacobs, and the illustrator, Richard Heighway; and several paste-in illustrations on heavier paper, printed on only one side. The ideal places for these inserted pages are 42 (The Sick Lion), 64 (The Bald Man and the Fly), and 196 (The Buffoon and the Countryman). In the pre-title-pages of this edition we find on the left two pictures for FS and then, two pages later, on the right and upside-down a mirror showing us a demon. There is no frontispiece. There is a full title-page acknowledging Jacobs and Heighway. The preface and history are present. None of the usual paste-in pictures are present. The book is inscribed in 1895.