The Little Esop
. H.C. Peck & Theo. Bliss . Philadelphia
PZ8.2.A254 1855 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This is the fifth version of this little book that I have found. Compare it with the first three and you find that the publisher is Smith and Peck in 1844, Loomis and Peck in 1846 and 1848, whereas now a Theo Bliss has entered the partnership. Compare it with the later version of 1860 by G.W. Cottrell and you have a much closer match. Like it, this book has only 96 pages, not 191. The page size, 3½ x 4½, seems to be even larger than the 1860 version will be. Unlike it, this book does not have printer's frames around its illustrations. Each fable here gets two pages, with a small illustration just before its text or on the left of the text at its beginning. The red cloth cover has no title or picture, and the spine is deteriorating. The title-page has the same picture of Aesop with two children and again puts a period after the title. Otherwise fair to good condition.