. Hurst & Company . NY ,
PZ8.2.F385 1895a (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a very curious book. Neither its title, cover, nor title-page gives indication that it is La Fontaine's fables that are presented here, though that is clear at the top of most pages within the book. Nor is there any acknowledgement that the illustrations are taken straight from Gustave Doré. A third little mystery concerns two misnumberings. What should be Fable XXVI on 68-69 is rather CXLIII on 399-400. What should be the last fable, LXXX on 230-31 is CLXXXI on (525)-526. The verse translation is Walter Thornbury's, again unacknowledged. The book stands as a tour-de-force of late-nineteenth-century rip-off publishing! I am surprised that the book even tells us who the publisher was! The covers are boards joined by a canvas spine. The front cover's image is a standard chromolithograph of the time, a dramatic view of the wolf looking down at the lamb in the foreground. There is a colored full-page illustration of two children and a cat before the black-and-white frontispiece of The Monkey and the Cat. This illustration seems to have nothing to do with fables. The Doré images are often quite faintly printed. The book itself is in poor condition. The paper is very brittle, and the bottom inch of the spine is gone.