La Fontaine's Fables: A Selection
. Thomas Nelson and Sons . London
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Here is an extra copy of this book with a damaged inside binding. 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. I will keep three copies (Ripping Yarns, Tom Luce, and Barns) in the collection. None is in excellent condition. Robin Greer now in December, '96, is selling a first edition (6 color plates, 16 color text illustrations and 60 other illustrations) for £175. This copy has a lime background for its covers, while the others have gray cloth (Luce) and a pictorial cover (Barns).