The Fables of Aesop
. H.M. Caldwell Company . NY and Boston ,
PA3855.E5 1885b (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This is an unusual volume. Be careful! It borrows the cover, title-page format, and ten colored illustrations from another version by the same publisher and even in the same series (Three Hundred Aesop's Fables). But the texts and the other illustrations are different. The texts here are the basic JBR collection that usually travels under a title like The Book of Fables: Containing Aesop's Fables. Complete, with text based upon Croxall, La Fontaine and L'Estrange. With Copious Additions from other Modern Authors. As in the fullest version of that collection, a second section of Later Fables is included. The order of some of the texts may have changed, perhaps to fit with illustrations. The basic illustrations that usually accompany that set of texts come from Ernst Griset. But here the illustrations are taken from two other artists. First, there are some forty-five taken from Percy Billinghurst. I have searched in vain for another edition that takes forty-five -- rather than seventy-five or a hundred -- of Billinghurst's illustrations. Then, for fun, there is a scattering of the illustrations of Richard Heighway, as on 96, 148, and 200. Both of these sets of full-page, black-and-white illustrations are done on heavier paper. Because the ten colored images can be hard to find, I will list them here: the quack frog (? -- frontispiece); LM (42); the fox and the woodcutter (64); the ass and his master (70); the woodsman and his axe (78); the goat (120); the calf and the dog (142); the turkey-cock and her young ones (168); a village scene (184); and Aesop, the cock, and three men (230). Here is one more time where I was fooled into thinking that a unique book was just a duplicate of one which I already had. T of C at the beginning, Editor's Preface, and a Life of Aesop. Sixteen pages of advertisements at the end.