. Derrydale . NY
PZ8.2.A254 San 1999 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Here is yet another edition of Santore's work. This one largely reproduces the Random House edition of 1995 with smaller margins and a different cover. This cover is red and displays a picture of the fox and the boar, whereas that edition had a green cover with an illustration of the heron on its cover. This edition lacks the pictorial end-papers found there. I will revise and repeat my comments from there. This edition presents not the twenty-four fables that each received a lavish illustration in the 1988 edition, but rather eighty-two fables. Some of these are not illustrated at all. Others use details from the large TH foldout of 1988 or other large illustrations then. Some of these are repeated (11 and 58, e.g., and 52 and 61) and one is even reversed (27 and 46). This edition's illustration for TH is a cut-and-paste job from the large edition's foldout. The color-work here remains surprisingly good for an inexpensive edition. The text seems to be a modification of the same text used then. Morals are now added. The editor's note on the text, the foreword, the acknowledgement, and the dedication are all dropped. Nina Rosenstein has written an introduction including the remark that in 300 B.C., the fables of Aesop were written down for the first time, by a Greek politician (10). My, Santore has got great mileage out of his 1988 illustrations!