Aesop's Fables in Words of One Syllable
. George Routledge & Sons . NY/London
PZ8.2.A254 1887 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This is a fascinating book. It presents the originals off of which Saalfield editions I have listed under 1904? and 1905? work. The page-count and layout in fact is exactly the same as in the 1904? edition, but one finds here the original illustrations from which the copies there are made. The comparison between Weir and his imitations makes for one of the most fascinating contrasts I have seen in fable illustration. For a title-page, this edition uses the same that Routledge had used in a smaller-formatted edition that I have listed under 1883? This copy is inscribed at Christmas in 1888. Routledge was the publisher of Weir's fifty illustrations for Three Hundred Aesop's Fables in 1865 and of additional illustrations for a later edition of the same book in about, says Bodemann, 1890. There are many signed Weir illustrations here. There are also Griset illustrations, even signed (e.g., FS on 59). This book in poor condition turns out to be at a fascinating crossroad in Aesopic publishing history!