Great Illustrated Classics: Aesop's Fables
. Baronet Books . NY ,
PZ8.2.A254 Lar 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book reproduces in smaller format (8 x 5¾) Great Illustrated Aesop's Fables by the same publisher in 1994. Rochelle Larkin is still acknowledged as editor, but Lorna Tomei, acknowledged there as illustrator, is not mentioned here. The cover illustration, still of TH, has changed to one signed by a Virginia Lucia. The cover and title-page (front and verso) indicate the series, Great Illustrated Classics. The cover also speaks of this book as a First Classics Edition. Let me repeat some of my comments from the original book's listing. This seems to me to be an ultimate formula book. The two-page formula involves a story on the left, with a moral beneath it, and a full-page illustration on the right with a key phrase beneath it. The formula is repeated 118 times! (The first story inverts the two pages.) The art, produced in a quantity unusual in contemporary books, seems to me inferior. No T of C or AI. The grasshopper saw many grasshopper wings strewn about the entrance to a fox's hole (138). The ubiquity of morals gives an unusual contemporary chance to test them. I find the following very good: 6, 20, 22, 28, 32, 114, 156, 172, and 220. The following seem curious: 14, 46, 96, 190, and 202.