The Fables of Aesop [Cover: Warne's Edition of Aesop's Fables]
Townsend, George Fyler
. Frederick Warne and Co./Scribner, Welford, and Armstrong . London/NY
PA3855.E5 C7 1875 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I have been able to date this book to the period from 1872 to 1878, for it was during that six year period that Scribner's had the title Scribner, Welford, and Armstrong, which is listed on the first of the title-pages here. This little (about 4½ x 6) book contains one hundred numbered fables on 152 pages. The fable texts come from Croxall. Townsend is apparently the person who wrote new morals and applications to substitute for Croxall's long applications. The illustrations come from Herrick, who seems to be nowhere acknowledged for them. The cover is unusual for its color. It shows the farmer and his son getting ready for harvesting. The same picture appears on the title-page, just across from the colored frontispiece labeled The Lark and Her Little Ones. The three illustrations have the feel of old transfers. I have the sense that I have run into them before, but I cannot place them. The presence of two title-pages makes the book a little suspect. Scribner's seems to have worked hard to import books. This import may have undergone simple addition rather than substitution. There is an opening T of C.