La Fontaine's Fables: A Selection
La Fontaine, Jean de
. Thomas Nelson and Sons . London ,
PZ8.2.S55 L3 1905 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is the second of three copies of this book that I am keeping in the collection. This copy has a gray cloth background for its covers, while the others have lime cloth (Ripping Yarns) and a pictorial cover (Barns). This wide book presents a classic La Fontaine from the early part of the century. Park's colored illustrations are large and lovely; the best are of FC and GA. The best of Bull's black-and-white illustrations are feet running from the disguised ass (56) and the frog's tombstone (62). The translator's best line is the frog's statement I'd give my life to be as huge and corpulent as that. Robin Greer now in December, '96, is selling a first edition (6 color plates, 16 color text illustrations and 60 other illustrations) for £175.