Cassell's Illustrated Book of Fables: La Fontaine, Part 16
Translated into Verse by Walter Thornbury
. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin . NY (cf. 342.3 )
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"I have often wondered if I could lay my hands on some of the early subscription offerings of La Fontaine fables put out in twenty-two parts by Cassell, Petter, and Galpin in New York. Each segment cost $.50. Here is one of three I have found. The guess of year, 1867, is based on an online advertisement by the firm in 1867. This segment starts on 601 with "Fable CLXXXIV" and finishes with "Fable CXCI" on 640. The full-page illustrations are fine, particularly "The Two Rats, the Fox, and the Egg" (608). This copy was sold by S. Walker and Company in Boston. The front cover is detached, but the binding is the strongest among the three installments that I have. These covers are not stained. A wonderful find!"