Fables of Aesop and Others Translated into English with Instructive Applications and One Hundred and Ninety-Eight Illustrations
. Derby & Jackson . NY ,
PA3855.E5 C7 1857b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This copy seems identical with -- but is in better condition than -- our copy of the 1859 edition from Derby and Jackson. I will repeat some of my observations from there. This is one of many cheap reprintings with new illustrations of the Croxall edition of 1722. Perhaps the first thing to notice about this edition is that the dedication to Lord Halifax has been dropped. The preface's Britain (xvii) is changed to America and its British youth (xviii) to charming youth. The frontispiece is again in design what it had been in the earliest Croxall editions: a young man surrounded by animals as he writes looks over his shoulder to Aesop as an old man. The illustrations are imitations of Kirkall's, simpler and mirror-reversed (as they were in Mozley's editions of 1804 and 1807), but all in the oval within a rectangle style. The non-image portion of the rectangle becomes simpler and less ornate than it was in Kirkall's work. There are 196 fables on 351 pages, preceded by a preface and an AI and followed by an index of themes and virtues. The book promises 198 illustrations. I reckon that there is one for each of the 196 fables, and there is the standard frontispiece facing the title-page. Where is the other illustration? This book is identical in its plates with our two Burnham editions of 1863 and 1864. It seems also identical in its plates -- but surrounded by much larger margins -- with our 1850 Cowperthwait and our 1857 printing from Clark, Austin, and Smith. Some of the images are unusually distinctly printed in this copy.