Aesop's Fables in Words of One Syllable
. George Routledge and Sons Limited, . NY/London ,
PZ8.2.A254 1887b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is the fourth similar book, and I have two copies of it. Because both are in relatively poor condition, I will keep both in the collection. Of the similar books, two have noticeably different covers and come from different publishers. This one differs only slightly from another in much poorer condition. That has a blue canvas binding that is deteriorating. This has a red canvas binding that is still intact. The interior difference lies in the British placement of Routledge. There it was London: Broadway, Ludgate Hill. Here it is London, Glasgow and Manchester. The Knickerbocker copy is inscribed in 1903. I will excerpt my comments from the other version. This is a fascinating book. It presents the originals off of which Saalfield editions I have listed under 1904? and 1905? work. The page-count and layout in fact is exactly the same as in the 1904? edition, but one finds here the original illustrations from which the copies there are made. The comparison between Weir and his imitations makes for one of the most fascinating contrasts I have seen in fable illustration. For a title-page, this edition uses the same that Routledge had used in a smaller-formatted edition that I have listed under 1883? Routledge was the publisher of Weir's fifty illustrations for Three Hundred Aesop's Fables in 1865 and of additional illustrations for a later edition of the same book in about, says Bodemann, 1890. There are many signed Weir illustrations here. There are also Griset illustrations, even signed (e.g., FS on 59). This book turns out to be at a fascinating crossroad in Aesopic publishing history!