Aesop's Fables (Inside: Old Fables in a New Dress)
. McLoughlin Brothers . NY
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This book has the same title, the same inside title, and the same contents as another book in the collection. What is different in this perhaps earlier publication is fourfold. First, the cover picture is not FC with a banner "Aesops Fables" running across it diagonally. It is a detail of the TMCM lithograph showing the two mice walking across a tablecloth near a fork. "Aesop's Fables" is above, with golden coins on the right listing individual fables in the booklet. Secondly, the order of fables is slightly different from the order in the other version and from the order of the golden circles on the cover. Three items appear near the beginning rather than near the end: DM's text in two columns, a page of verse containing "The Lily and the Rose" and "The Boy and the Wasp"; and the full page chromolithograph for "The Sick Lion." Thirdly, this version uses an apostrophe in the title, whereas that version has none. Fourthly, the back cover's set of advertisements is titled not "Big Picture Books for Little Children" but "Picture Books for Little Children." The prices tend to be 18 cents a volume; in the other version they are all 25 cents a volume. I mention there that that booklet is the same size as my 1880 "Aunt Louisa Series" World-Wide Fables. There are six brilliant full-page illustrations (and some curious retellings): FS, FG (the vineyard-owning dog appears with a gun!), OF (the ox sets the dog against the upstart frogs threatening him), TMCM (does McLoughlin reprint this fancy illustration somewhere else?), DM (probably the best of the six), and "King Lion." The fables are all in verse. The booklet is in poor condition. It cost about 1% of the cost of the other version!