Aesop's Fables in Words of One Syllable.
. Hurst and Company . NY
PZ8.2.A254 1889 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Once again a book that I thought was simply a better copy of another turns out to have its own niche in this collection. This book is very similar to a book of the same title by the same publisher, which I have listed under 1890? When I looked a little more closely, a number of differences appeared. I list them separately to make it easier to keep track of the differences. This book is slightly smaller in format, but uses the same plates as that book, with a few exceptions in the art that I will note. It has a frontispiece, which features some geese, a young girl standing on a stump, a mature man with a backpack, and a castle in the background. What, one might ask, does this scene have to do with fables? As I note under the 1890? edition, these plates duplicate the text plates used in Routledge's edition of Godolphin that I list under 1883? The paper here is much stronger and, like the whole book, in better condition. Of the six black-and-white illustrations mentioned there, the frog image has moved from 28 to 6, where it fits the facing story Boys and Frogs. The illustration for The Blind Man and the Lame Man has moved to 146. This book is inscribed in 1940, but I believe it was published much earlier. I presume that the 1890? edition was done as a cheap knock-off of this edition.