. R. Worthington . NY ,
PA3855.E5 1884 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book seems identical with the edition of the same name that I have listed under 1896 from Donohue, Henneberry, and Co. Let me repeat most of what I say there. This large-format book may be the best example in my collection of eclecticism and borrowing of established illustrations in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century book publishing. At least three great Aesopic artists are represented here, and the only clue to them lies in the occasional signature within a plate. (Note that many of the Tenniels here are signed by the engraver, Howland). The full-page illustrations are not printed on the back, though both front and back count as pages. Delierre is the originator at least of 127's view of MSA; Tenniel and Griset's work on the same fable is mixed together on 129. The text appears in two columns. New to me is The Ant and the Chrysalis (141). Index on 160. The cover features FG and BF vividly colored. The spine here is already split and frayed. The book's front cover is bowed, and the book has experienced significant water damage. Despite all that, it is still a lovely book!