The Fables of La Fontaine (Flowered Cover)

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La Fontaine, Jean de
Wright, Elizur (translator)
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1881
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This book repeats in all but two respects an edition with the same bibliographical information. First, it has a lovely floral cover, part of which is done against a white leatherette background. Secondly, the H.M. Caldwell Company here lists only New York (and not also Boston) on the title-page. Let me repeat some of my comments from that other edition. This handy-sized edition of the Wright translation of LaFontaine with frontispiece of La Fontaine and three illustrations has a curious place in the history of Wright editions. Apparently it reproduces the preface and text used in both the four-volume Estes and Lauriat edition of 1881 and the smaller edition without illustrations listed under 1881?/1896 by George Bell. See my comments on both. Thus it has the long preface detailing the history of Wright's translation, and it includes the corrections but not the expurgations of the sixth edition. The preface presents the five fables that Wright, under some duress, substituted for the expurgated LaFontaine fables in that sixth edition. The three fables illustrated by Le Rat, in what look like poor photographs, are The Boy and the Schoolmaster (28), The Peacock Complaining to Juno (60), and Fortune and the Boy (156). I find no acknowledgement of Le Rat in this book. This volume handles only the first six books of La Fontaine's fables, and it titles its notes Notes to Volume One. Was a Volume Two ever published? There is also an AI to Volume One at the back.
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