Stead, W. T
. The Palmer Company . Boston, Mass.
PZ8.2.A254 Std 1911 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book occurs at a fascinating point in publishing history. Stead's name in England is connected with Books for the Bairns. What I have seen of this series indicates that it follows a format of dividing every printed page between text in one vertical column and a series of two to four small illustrations in the other column. That is exactly the format of this book. I do not know what relation this pamphlet thus bears to the two series of fables in Books for the Bairns. The cover here is only heavy paper, but it seems more substantial than what I remember on the Books for the Bairns series. Notice the reference to New York in TMCM (21). This booklet uses promythia well to articulate the point of the fables. And there is definitely a charm in the series of small pictures presented here. An excellent example is CW on 39. Successive scenes show the man attending to the cat, looking down in front of a woman, marrying her, and then watching her crawl after a mouse. The woodsman actually kicks the amorous lion in the buttocks after he has been declawed (44). FM (52) and GGE (60) offer other excellent synoptic series of illustrations. Are the illustrations perhaps by or after Brinsley le Fanu? There is a T of C at the front.