A Hundred Fables of LaFontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
. John Lane The Bodley Head . London/NY ,
PQ1811.E3 B5 1900b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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After spending $120 for a third printing and then $70 for a second, I have worked my way back to a first printing for much less money. When I earlier reviewed the 1920? printing, I thought that the best of the illustrations were Death and the Woodman (56), The Council Held by the Rats (62), The Rat and the Oyster (114, the best of all), and The Rats and the Weasels (198). Now I would add The Lion and the Ass Hunting (9), SS (73), and DLS (167). The illustrations come alive here more than they do in the frequent Billinghurst reproductions. There is an AI at the front. The spine is suffering a split at 80. Like the third edition, this has a beautifully colored cover. There is on 203 an advertisement for the Aesop edition uniform with this volume with a date of 1899.