Aesop's Fables (with 30 colour plates and 18 sepia illustrations)
This book sits precisely between two others I had already found. Both are listed under the same date. One has thirty illustrations and the other forty-eight. Let me mention then which of the two this book resembles on several points. It has the same cover as the less illustrated book: plain red cloth with gold lettering. It shares a similar advertisement with the lesser book, in that both speak of Charming Colour Books for Children whereas the more illustrated book speaks of 'Prince Charming' Colour Books for Children. This volume shares with the more illustrated version the frontispiece of the castle of King Eagle, an illustration for The Little Partridge's Stolen Eggs (299). It shares with the lesser version Whitefriars Press as its printer. It shares with the more illustrated version the T of C and its page numbers; here the sepia illustrations add an asterisk. All three have endpapers illustrating a variety of fables: two birds and LM at the front, and the fly-in-the-telescope and FS at the back. This copy adds a dust jacket mentioning the 30 colored plates and 18 sepia illustrations but then--just to confuse things--advertising the Prince Charming Colour Books for Children, all of which have the same 30 plus 18 format. The cover picture here has the tortoise at the finish line doffing his cap to the late-arriving hare. FG is on the spine, and DS on the back cover. Might this book put an end to my finding new editions of Rountree? See my comments on the 48 and 30 illustration versions in this series, on the three different versions in Ward and Lock's Sunshine Series (1924?), and on the three versions of Rountree work done by Collins and Children's Press. The latter are listed under 1922?
Ward, Lock and Co., Ltd.