The Fables of Aesop (Cover and spine: Aesop's Fables)
La Fontaine, Jean de
Here is a third printing of this unusual book. Its cover is tan cloth. As I mentioned about the first printing, here is a singular find. I had never seen this book before, and I cannot find it mentioned in Hobbs, Quinnam, or Lindseth. I checked for a formulaic text adapted from LaFontaine and Croxall identified as this book's subtitle identifies it; I found no comparison from my holdings. (The closest is the JBR version that includes Croxall, LaFontaine, and L'Estrange in, for example, Aesop's Fables of 1893/1893?). A quick check finds that this text does follow Croxall, with updatings. Both follow the version in which a company of mice run over the lion. I find thirty-seven colored (orange, brown, and tan with black) and fifty-two black-and-white illustrations; the page after the title claims over seventy colored illustrations. The book has a curious way of using partial phrases under its illustrations, right from the frontispiece on: Illness of the Lion was only a sham. Why not The Illness? Some good illustrations feature 2P (23), WS (79), The Frogs and the Stork (113), and The Grasshopper and the Owl (217). Juno is one-third the size of the peacock (129)! Good work on donkeys and asses (49, 133, and 181). About 115 fables. The fourth printing adds colored background to the black-and-white illustrations. How lucky to find a first edition on Ebay! Its outer spine is torn, and the cloth of its cover is blue. The Special Note between the title-page and the T of C speaks of Le Fontaine.