Fables of La Fontaine, Two Volumes in One
La Fontaine, Jean de
Wright, Elizur (translator)
. Tappan and Dennet; NY: Willliam A. Colman/London: Edward Moxon . Boston ,
PQ1808.A1 1841 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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My brother John and I parked in front of this shop at almost exactly 6 p.m. to visit another store in Sonoma, which turned out to be closed by then. Upon our return to Chanticleer, they announced that they were closed, but when I asked about fable books, Stephen Blackmer showed me this volume. It replicates my earlier two volumes, found at Brattle Books, but puts them into one volume (with two title-pages, one for each volume) and has only one selected illustration for each of La Fontaine's twelve books. There is a similar cover, but the front and back gold ornaments are reversed from that other edition. There is the same misprint on 173 of Volume II, which shows Book XI instead of the correct Book IX. The illustrations, which are heavily foxed, are bound in facing the appropriate fable: I 14, II 12, III 10, IV 14, V 13, VI 13, VII 10, VIII 19, IX 11, X 8, XI 1, and XII 19. Do not miss here, as there, the ornate designs around the fable titles. By contrast with the Brattle copy, here 161 through 168 of Volume II are bound in the correct order.