French Fables in Rhyme, Translated from La Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
Stead, Estelle W
. Stead's Publishing House . London
PZ8.2.L134 1919 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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At least some of the texts are taken, without acknowledgement, from Elizur Wright's edition. That is a good choice for this presentation of La Fontaine. Artist le Fanu offers a valuable contribution here with his sketches, as he had done for Stead's Aesop earlier; see 1899? and 1926. The layout there had tended to include both text and several images on one page. Here they tend to be on separate pages facing each other. I enjoy particularly le Fanu's series of four images for The Lark and Her Young Ones at the center of the pamphlet. Shortly thereafter, there is a good series of three sketches for The Ass and the Dog. To my surprise, The Bairns' Magazine for February, 1919, appears after the unpaginated fables and takes up the last sixteen pages of the pamphlet. That fact at last makes sense of the surprising indication of a second publisher on the title-page. Besides Books for the Bairns, there is The Bairns' Magazine, edited by Estelle W. Stead.