Three Hundred Aesop's Fables
Townsend, George Fyler (translator)
. George Routledge and Sons . London ,
PA3855.E5 T6 1867 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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I am delighted with this book, especially because it is now my oldest Weir publication. I am also delighted because it may show Weir's work to best advantage, since the illustrations are done on good paper and are in good condition. Weir so often appears in cheap editions whose illustrations are indistinct! Among the most memorable illustrations here are LM (1), WL (3), WC (5), TH (9), The Seagull and the Kite (108), and The Ass and His Driver (199). There is a set of illustrations that I find sketchier and almost ethereal. They would include The Labourer and the Snake (33) and The Blind Man and the Whelp (167). Bodemann puts in 1865 the first printing of a book with this title but with only fifty illustrations. That book's title-page does not mention Greenaway. Her #335.2 speaks of a book from about 1890 as a Nachdruck der im Illustrationsbestand erweiterten zweiten Ausgabe London 1867. This is that zweite Ausgabe. The spine reads The Fables of Aesop without mention of Three Hundred. The title-page after identifying London and Routledge and before giving the year adds: The Broadway, Ludgate. New York: 416, Broome Street.