The Book of Fables: Containing Aesop's Fables, Complete, with text based upon Croxall, La Fontaine and L'Estrange. With Copious Additions from other Modern Authors

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Aesop
Croxall, Samuel,
Griset, Ernest Henry
L'Estrange, Roger
La Fontaine, Jean de,
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1890?
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This book is like two others that I have. Its contents are very much like those in the Arlington Edition put out by Hurst and listed under 1899? There is no indication of an Arlington Edition here. It is exactly like a Hurst Edition (also not specified as Arlington) under 1900? in its claims, but this book, unlike that one, delivers on the claim to include illustrations. Thus there are thirty-nine of Griset's illustrations listed here just after the preface. The preface does not have a signature, nor is Rundell (the editor of the work, first published in 1869) ever mentioned. As is typical for smaller-format reprints of the Rundell/Griset work after the third edition (1874-5?), there is on 141 an announcement of Later Fables, namely those which did not appear in the first two editions. This book has a special feature that may help in its dating. The last page before several blanks is an advertisement for Sohmer pianos, which are said to have won prizes in 1876, 1881, and 1882. For how many years would a manufacturer make that claim? The book has held together well and is still unusually sturdy. Many illustrations are well printed, but many also are depressingly dark.
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Hurst & Co.
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