Aesop's Fables: A New Version, Chiefly from Original Sources, With Fifty Illustrations
. NY: The American News Company/Springfield, OH: Farm and Fireside Company . NY/Springfield, OH ,
PA3855.E5 J36 1881 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Here is a very lucky find. This 94-page booklet includes perhaps two hundred fables on 9-93 after the typical James Introduction to the Life and Fables of Aesop and before a page of advertisements that continue on the inside and outside back-cover. The fifty illustrations would make for a fascinating study. I believe that they are derived from the reworking John Tenniel and Joseph Wolf did of Tenniel's original work. Take a sample image like that for The Boasting Traveler on 65. It is clearly fashioned after the work that appeared in those Tenniel/Wolf editions, but it is copied. And it bears a stamp, as do many here: Commercial Eng. Co. Chicago. I am amazed that the publisher could pack in so many fables and illustrations in a little magazine--and happy that it has lasted this long. This booklet suggests something both about the popularity of fables and about the delivery system for them in the late nineteenth century. The front cover has become detached.