. H.M. Caldwell Company . NY
PZ8.2.A254 Jac 1902 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This small (4½ x 6½) edition shares several curious features with the other five like it in format: Home Book Company 1894/95? (plain tan cover with title); 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); 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). This edition has a good colored image of DS on its cover; this same image had been used as frontispiece in the Caldwell version I have placed under 1901? If this edition once had pre-title pages, they are gone. There is a frontispiece showing the fox and the lion. There is neither preface nor history present. Neither Jacobs nor Heighway is anywhere mentioned. Thus the two blank pages after 7 lead directly into 26. There is a lovely brown inserted image of the sick lion at 42 but none of the bald man or the countryman with the pig. The front end-paper is stamped with an ex lib poem. I was in Grand Island for a few hours to give a fable talk. I found this book sitting in a glass case at the entrance to the flea market. Lucky me!