The Favourite Book of Fables, With Numerous Illustrations
. Thomas Nelson and Sons . London
PZ8.2.F387 1891 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is identical with the 1890 (first?) edition, except for the changed date on the title-page. I am especially delighted to find it because my copy of the 1890 edition has two torn pages, and this copy is in good condition. I will include most of my comments from there. A wonderful little book of 117 fables, most notable for two features. First is its beautiful pictorial spine and covers, featuring good colored illustrations of five fables. Second is its interior mix of illustrators and illustration styles. I think I can detect four different styles and, presumably, sources. (1) The sharpest and best here is a set of mid-sized rectangular engravings by W. Small (e.g., 17 and 25). (2) The largest occupy a full page, broken in some way by the presence of text (e.g., 13 and 57). (3) Next in size comes a set of large squares (59 and 75). Either of these last two categories may be by or from Weir. The TB illustration on 73 seems to be Weir's illustration given by Hobbs on 105 with text inserted, but I find a different TB illustration in my own Weir editions! (4) The smallest rectangles seem to be a poor man's Bewick (11 and 20). I wish I could place the source of the ass's sprawl on 49 and the cover. A lovely little book!