The Fables of Aesop and Others Translated into Human Nature (Hand-colored)
. W. Kent & Co. . London
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Here is an extra copy with red binding in slightly less good condition. One page is loose. I had given up on the existence of this colored version when I found a Bibliocity advertisement for it from Sotheran and followed up. Am I ever glad that I did! This book is beautiful! Sotheran rightly speaks of the spirited handcoloured engraved plates. There are some minor tears, one repaired, none affecting images. The color here is beautiful, even more brilliant than that in a page (or print?) I recently found of DW, visible on my website under Separated Book Pages (fables3/separate.htm). Comparison of these two shows the individuality of each, especially if one looks closely at the dog's face. The book-cover is colored as well. The front reproduces the frontispiece: a man is being tried before a frightening lion judge. The back reproduces WL. The title-page illustration of the man seeing himself as a wolf in the mirror is one of my favorites here. Others include DS (11), Catspaw (14), DW (16), and WSC (21). Pagination is by the number of the individual fable among the 22. No page, whether of text or illustration, is imprinted on both sides. Notice the s that is shaped like an f. See my comments on the non-colored version. This is one of the stars of the collection! .