(Aesop's Fables for the Instruction and Improvement of Youth)
. (John McGowan) , s.n.] . London ,
PZ8.2.A254 1838b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Some patient research on my part seems to have yielded a likely title and publisher for this book. It is identical with the first half of a book I already have had in the collection, with the above title and publisher. The one hundred and ten fables are from Croxall. If this book were to follow the pattern of that one, then it would have the following missing parts and pages. At the front, it would be missing a frontispiece, picture pre-title-page, title-page, T of C (iii-vi), and preface (vii-xxi). At the back it is missing 263. The front and back covers are detached except for a small strip connecting them to the spine at the top. The inside of the front cover bears the gold-engraved leather bookplate Harman Nicholls 1839. The leather covering the spine is also detached and has been laid inside the book. The illustrations may occur at slightly different places here from there; they are again labeled and numbered according to the numbers of the texts. As I commented then, the frequent black-and-white illustrations are very well done and are surprisingly numerous. Fifteen of the first thirty fables are illustrated, for example. In this group, I find particularly good the illustrations of WSC (27) and of the hunted beaver (49). The Fatal Marriage (60) is funny! Most of the torn pages 65-66 and The Fox and the Lion are missing. The illustration for The Horse and the Lion (136) is full of vigor. This is a frail but beautiful old treasure!