The Fables of Aesop: 4
. Rupa and Co. . New Delhi
PZ8.2.A254Fb 2004 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Apparently this volume and the other four in the series include the texts and illustrations first published by Sharma and Rupa in 1993; I have a copy of that book from 1996. The back cover of each of the five books in this series speaks of these evergreen fables, now in five volumes. That now suggests that these texts and illustrations come from an earlier edition. If so, the full-page illustrations and the name of Tapas Guha seem to have been added. That same back cover lists the book as belonging to childern's literature (sic). There are 49 pages after 8 pages of introductory material, including a T of C. The texts seem archaic. There are half-page and full-page illustrations with differing styles. The former show much more wit. An example of the partial-page illustrations (there are six of them here) is The Old Woman and the Wine Jar (27); an example of the full-page illustrations (there are six here) is The Horse and His Rider (8). This one fable gets illustrations of both sorts. It is unusual that the fable illustrated on the cover of this book, The Quack Frog, does not appear here but rather in Volume 2 of the series. I presume that Sharma has done the partial illustrations and Guha the full-page, since the partial illustrations seem identical with those in the earlier edition. The smaller illustrations often feature movement-lines around characters. One sometimes has to turn the page to put together a story and its illustration.