Three Hundred Aesop's Fables
Townsend, George Fyler (translator)
This is a strange book. Its closest relative is Three Hundred Aesop's Fables and One Hundred Picture Fables (1885?). But this edition's title page does not acknowledge the presence of the second book. It does reproduce the five colored plates and five more. Those listed there are found here as the first frontispiece (LM), 96 (the fox and the woodcutter), 202 (Aesop, the cock, and three men: what fable is this?), the second frontispiece (a village scene), and 20 of the Speckter section (the calf and the dog; see 109). The new illustrations are of the woodsman and his axe (36), the ass and his master (88), the quack frog (170, excellent; the latter two match Griset's black-and-white works on 121 and 125 in McLoughlin's Aesop Fables [1900?]), the turkey-cock and her young ones (50; see 51), and the goat (70; see 71). The printing of Weir's work is better than usual. The spine is weak. Note the misspelling of Townsend's middle name and the listing of ten colored plates on the first title page (true for the whole volume) and of four in the Speckter section (true of that section). The yellow cover presents the book's third LM illustration.
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