Fables of Aesop and Others with Instructive Applications.
. Allen Brothers . NY
PA3855.E5 C7 1870 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This book is identical with the two Miller editions of the same title and size, which I list under 1865 and 1890? See my comments there. This has the same markings embossed on its covers as the 1865 Miller book, though the cloth of this cover seems to have more of a purplish hue. The base of the spine here reads Leavitt & Allen Bros, as do the advertisements at the back, while the title-page speaks only of Allen Brothers. Having just catalogued a number of Croxall editions, I can say of this one that it sometimes edits Croxall's applications; for example, it drops the first two sentences of FK (16) and uses only parts of the first sentence of BW (230). It does not follow the order of Croxall's edition of 196 fables; thus CJ is the tenth fable here, not the first. One example of a non-Croxall fable here is The Lynx and the Mole on 131. The story is not Dodsley's, which includes a hunter, but the illustration here does include a hunter with the required javelin! The story is rather as we find it in Opper. Now what would have been a source for this fable back then? L'Estrange? By contrast, The Diamond and the Loadstone (193) comes, with some editing, from Dodsley XXX.18. One way to notice some non-Croxall fables is that they have shorter applications than others! As in the Miller editions, some of the usual Croxall features before the fables are missing, namely the dedication to Halifax and the patriotic preface. There is, as in Croxall, an AI. There is also a three-page essay Aesop and His Fables and a charming frontispiece, which includes two humans at the center and a fox with a mirror at the bottom. The illustrations are again framed rectangles generally including a corner-cropped image or sometimes an oval. Not all fables are illustrated. The illustrations are only loosely after the Kirkall models; they seem not to follow the patterns set down by either the Mozley editions of 1804 and 1807 or even the Derby & Jackson edition of 1859. This copy, inscribed in 1871, was in the Placerville City Library.