The Fables of Aesop with a Life of the Author
. John W. Lovell Co. . NY
PA3855.E5 1895 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is the copy with a plain blue cover identical on the inside with copies with tan and blue covers featuring Oxford Edition in a medallion on both the cover and the spine. This plainer copy has nothing on the dark blue cover and on its spine the title, Oxford Edition, and a small gryphon. Did the publisher himself change the color or form of the cover as he ran out of this or that material? I take it that we are in a phase of publishing where binding is rather new to the publishing house. Let me repeat my comments from the other copies. Herrick's illustrations for Aesop were much reproduced, it seems to me. This is one of three different versions of the Oxford Edition that presents his designs, one each for one-hundred-and-ten fables. All these editions stem from the original 1865 edition by Hurd and Houghton (Bodemann #334). As she says, the author of the prose versions is unknown. The applications are often longer than the fables! I find Herrick generally noble rather than imaginative. I think that he is at his best here when he is most dramatic. Two examples are WSC on 64 and CW on 218. I notice in dealing with this copy that the printer of all three, S.J. Parkhill in Boston, is the same.