Aesop's Fables, Part II (28)
Reiter, Harriet G
. F.A. Owen Publishing Company . Dansville, NY ,
PZ8.2.R45 Ae 1906 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This booklet in poor condition seems a predecessor of the booklet I have listed under 1905 and titled More Fables from Aesop. There are some mysteries here for some book historian to investigate. How can an older book have a later copyright? I will note first the similarities and then the differences I find when I compare the two booklets. From 5 through 32, I find no difference, except of course that this booklet is in poor condition. As for differences, this booklet has a resewn spine. Its red title is simply Aesop's Fables, not More Fables from Aesop. The cover does not mention Reiter, but it does mention the publisher. It has a black circular illustration of a woman and two children reading a book by the fireside; the other book has en elaborate symmetrical square design in black and orange on heavy yellow paper. Inside, this volume has at the top of its title-page Instructor Classic Series and Aesop's Fables, Part II. The other volume has Instructor Literature Series and More Fables from Aesop. The back of the title page has the conflicting copyright dates (1906 here, 1905 there) and the publisher's name. That copy adds Aesop's Fables, Part II even though that is the title of this copy! On the reverse of a full-page image of a bird and two grasshoppers, this volume lists nine stories, while that one lists eight. The ninth story announced here, The Wolf and the Goat, does not appear in this volume. It is at least conceivable that it has been torn off. This inside-front-cover speaks of Five-Cent Classics and Supplementary Reading while there one reads 7c--Supplementary Readers and Classics for All Graces--7c. I am presuming that prices went up, not down. This volume lists fewer items, e.g., five under Fables and Myths for the first year, while that volume lists two more. Two volumes of Aesop are included in this group in each case, correctly titled for their respective editions. Thus this volume's advertisement speaks of Aesop's Fables--Part II and that speaks of More Fables from Aesop. There the list of available material spills over onto the back of the back cover. See my comments there on the fables themselves.