La Fontaine's Fables Now First Translated from the French By Robert Thomson With Elegant Engraved Figures
Croxall, Samuel (translator)
La Fontaine, Jean de
Thomson, Robert (translator)
. Chenu, Libraire-Editeur , [G. Doyen . Paris
PQ1811.E3 T56 1806c (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a compilation of an edition of the four volumes which I had already found from Michael Hackenburg at Turtle Island. This volume not only pulls the four together into one volume. It is generally a simpler version. Perhaps it is only because the book is in rather ragged condition that I got it for a relatively low price. The spine is disconnected but still present. There is a significant tear with loss of some text on 41-42. The book is signed by the publisher on the verso of the pre-title-page. There is a T of C for each of the three-book volumes at its end. At the end of the whole book there is an AI for all twelve books. The biggest difference from the four-volume version has to do with illustrations. Only one of the sets mentioned in that edition is present here. There are no duplicate plates. There is a strong frontispiece (slightly over 3¼ x 4) signed by Perdoux: Aesop and the animals pay homage to a bust of La Fontaine. Two other signed Perdoux illustrations of the same size are inserted along the way: I 13, Two Thieves and the Ass, and III 1, MSA. Of the same size but signed Olimpe Neveu sculp. is II 14, Hares and Frogs. The illustrations in the second volume include: IV 2, Shepherd and Sea; V 1, Woodman and Mercury (frontispiece to the second volume); V 11, Fortune and the School-boy; and VI 3, SW. The illustrations in Volume 3 include: VII 1, Plague; VII 13, Two Cocks; VIII 26, Democritus and the Abderites; and IX 13, Jupiter and the Passenger. In the fourth volume, we find: X 10, Shepherd and the King (two illustrations, the first as frontispiece to the fourth volume); XI 8, The Old Man and the Three Youths; and XII 17, Fox, the Wolf, and the Horse. A favorite of mine remains XI 8, The Old Man and the Three Youths. As in the other series, there is a life of Aesop at the beginning of Volume II, i.e., at the beginning of Book 4. As in the other set, the paper of the text pages in the first volume (Books 1-3) is consistently blue; the pages in the second volume are only sometimes blue. There is a simple, unrelated tail-piece image at the end of many fables.