Fables from Aesop
Billinghurst, Percy J
. Henry Frowde and Hodder and Stoughton . London
PA3855.E5 1908b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I have loved this book from the beginning because of its dramatic, simple cover-illustration of a wolf with glasses reading a book. Inside are twelve strong chromolithographs, one for each story in the unpaginated book. There is a four-page pattern for each story: title-page with a black-and-white illustration, a page of text, the full-page chromolithograph, and a final page of text. The illustrations here are not as stylized as I find Billinghurst in his better known works. The color work here is very pleasing. Do not miss the dramatic red-and-black mouse on the title-page! The fox in FG was a wise fox, and knew that it is better not to long for things which we cannot have. Green cloth spined pictorial boards. Some foxing. See my identical edition from Stokes in NY under the same year.