The Fables of Aesop [Cover: Warne's National Nursery Library]
Townsend, George Fyler
. Frederick Warne and Co./Scribner, Welford, and Armstrong . London/NY
PA3855.E5 C7 1875c (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This copy is identical with one exception to a book I found five years ago from Columbia Basin Books. That copy had a cream-background board cover with a title of Warne's Edition of Aesop's Fables. At the top of the cover was National Nursery Library. This book has brown cloth for its cover and Warne's National Nursery Library across the middle of that cover. Above that series name is Aesop's Fables, and below is a nice copy of the illustration for The Dog and the Ass from 109. I will repeat my comments on that copy. I have been able to date this book to the period from 1872 to 1878, for it was during that six year period that Scribner's had the title Scribner, Welford, and Armstrong, which is listed on the first of the title-pages here. This little (about 4½ x 6) book contains one hundred numbered fables on 152 pages. The fable texts come from Croxall. Townsend is apparently the person who wrote new morals and applications to substitute for Croxall's long applications. The illustrations come from Herrick, who seems to be nowhere acknowledged for them. Again the two colored pictures in the book relate to each other. The frontispiece is The Lark and Her Little Ones and the title-page features the farmer and his son getting ready for harvesting. Does not the presence of two title-pages make the book a little suspect? Scribner's seems to have worked hard to import books. This import may have undergone simple addition rather than substitution. Scribner is not mentioned on the second title-page. There is an opening T of C.