The Fables of Aesop Based on the Texts of L'Estrange and Croxall (smaller format: 5¼x 6¾)
McSpadden, J. Walker
. Thomas Y. Crowell Company . New York
PA3855.E5 M77 1903b (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This book is to a large extent identical with the one from the same publisher that I have listed under 1910? The selection and placement of illustrations seem to be slightly different (though in both cases from Billinghurst). There the title-page is missing, and so it is not clear whether J. Walker McSpadden is there identified as editor as he is here. In some similar editions, there is no further indication of editing than the initials J.W.M. at the end of the Introduction. Further, the only indication of date is here on the back of the title-page, and so that information is lacking there too. See my comments there and also my comments on the Books, Inc. editions listed under 1925? and 1930? Here the eight Billinghurst black-and-white illustrations are FC (frontispiece), LM (10), The Fox and the Goat (28), FWT (48), FS (86), FG (116), FK (170), and TH (218). There is an AI on xi. There are 230 pages and 330 fables. A quick check suggests that some narratives are taken verbatim from the Rundell versions that are based on Croxall, La Fontaine and L'Estrange but without using their morals, while some other texts are adapted from there. Tracking that development among knock-off texts around the turn of the century would be interesting someday. The text plates of this book are identical with those in the two copies I have of a 1903 book from Crowell in larger format with a similar cover and an identical title-page. This copy was inscribed in 1916.