Book 1: Fables and Rhymes: Aesop and Mother Goose
. Western Publishing House . Chicago
PZ8.2.A22 Fa 1898b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is virtually identical with another in the collection published in the same year. There are two clear differences on the title-page. This copy gives the publisher as Western Publishing House in Chicago. There is no mention in this book of the American Book Company. That other copy has American Book Company as the publisher on the title-page and Western Publishing House on the verso as the printer. The second difference is that this copy mentions no editor. That copy listed William Adams as the editor on its title-page. As I mentioned vis-à-vis that other copy, there are thirty-three fables mixed in among the fifty-one stories here on 96 pages. They receive illustrations of various sorts. Several are signed B.C. and others L.F.P. This is a very straightforward school reader. Did the printing company decide to publish on their own the book whose print they had set up for another company?