Three Hundred Aesop's Fables
Townsend, George Fyler
. George Routledge and Sons . London ,
PA3855.E5 T6 1887 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Once again I bought a book that I thought I had already, and it turns out to be different. In this case, this book is very much like two others that I already have. All share the same publisher, title-page, and printing plates. I have guessed at 1885? for the first and 1885?/90? for the second. With the first, this book shares a smaller format (about 4½ x 6½) and pages of advertisements at the end. This book is in much better condition than that. That book has a brown/red cloth cover with Aesop's Fables in gold in a central circle. This book has a remnant of a child's picture pasted onto a green cover with a title in gold above the picture. The second book by comparison is larger in format (5¼ x 7¼) and has an ornate red cover with Weir's WC illustration done in gold in a panel. The cover gives not only the title and Townsend's name but adds Every Boy's Library. That book has much larger margins, especially toward the binding. It shares with our book the colored frontispiece (perhaps formerly also in the 1885? copy but now lost) of the wolf standing before the goat on the roof. This book begins the fables on 9 and so is 22 pages off from that book, which begins the fables on 31.