The Fables of Aesop with a Life of the Author.
At last I have a first edition of Herrick! And it is in excellent condition! The plates seem identical with those in my three 1865/95? copies. The illustrations come off here as much livelier and more dramatic. Take as examples The Eagle and the Fox (61), The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat (112), and The Young Man and His Cat (218). Still, I find that Herrick does not rank for me as one of the top Aesopic illustrators. There is one illustration per story (there are 110 fables in all) and a frontispiece. The texts, I have learned in reviewing this during 1996, are Croxall's, though apparently only a selection of his work. Enjoy The Hunted Beaver (86) with its tactful and mysterious reference to a certain part of the beaver. There is a T of C at the beginning. The blue cover has a beautiful gold-embossed fox-head at its center.
NY: Hurd and Houghton. (Boston: E.P. Dutton and Company.)