Fables of Aesop and Others Translated into English with Instructive Applications and One Hundred and Ninety-Eight Illustrations
. Derby & Jackson . NY ,
PA3855.E5 C7 1859 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Here is one of many cheap reprintings with new illustrations of the Croxall edition of 1722. Perhaps the first thing to notice about this edition is that the dedication to Lord Halifax has been dropped. The preface's Britain (xvii) is changed to America and its British youth (xviii) to charming youth. The frontispiece is again in design what it had been in the earliest Croxall editions: a young man surrounded by animals as he writes looks over his shoulder to Aesop as an old man. The illustrations are imitations of Kirkall's, simpler and mirror-reversed (as they were in Mozley's editions of 1804 and 1807), but all in the oval within a rectangle style. The non-image portion of the rectangle becomes simpler and less ornate than it was in Kirkall's work. There are 196 fables on 351 pages, preceded by a preface and an AI and followed by an index of themes and virtues. This copy is in poor condition, with a crumbling spine. The book promises 198 illustrations. I reckon that there is one for each of the 196 fables, and there is the standard frontispiece facing the title-page. Where is the other illustration? Inscribed in 1862. This book is identical in its plates (but not its quality) with my two Burnham editions of 1863 and 1864. See my notes there.