Aesop's Fables: 240 Short Stories for Children
. Petra Books . Lexington, KY
PA3855.E5 2010 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a curious paperbound book of the internet instantaneous publishing era. My Amazon order is dated February 20, 2010. This book was printed February 21, 2010. The book is based on Aesop's Fables: A New Revised Version From Original Sources, With Upwards of 200 Illustrations by Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset and Others, e.g. from Syndicate Trading Company and William Allison Company in the 1880's. It falls thus into a tradition of already cheap offprints. This book actually presents on 15 a second title-page generated from that book, acknowledging Frank F. Lovell & Company as the publisher in New York. That second title-page -- with a different title from the book's title! -- follows a beginning T of C and is followed in turn by a life of Aesop. It is a service to make these texts and illustrations available, I suppose, but I am saddened at the quality of the illustrations as they go through a third or fourth generation. Consider, for example, the Gustave Doré illustration of the fisherman on 57. Doré could not be happy to see his work presented this way! The second DS illustration (96) suffers the same fate. The very cover is a pixillated bleeding misrepresentation of Milo Winter's lovely FC. Progess!