Aesop's Fables

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Rundell, J. B
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I already have a copy of this fine book with a green cover. Here is a copy with a blue cover. It is perhaps in better condition. This copy had been in the Lerner Library Collection. I will repeat my comments from the green-covered copy. It looks to me as though I have had a great piece of luck and have here a first edition of this work that would be so often reprinted. All the data square with Bodemann #344.1, including the lack of a printed date. The 244 pages, including an AI at the end, do not include the extra 132 fables and 32 illustrations added in a later (third?) edition, which Hobbs dates to 1893. The illustrations here are very good in a book in good condition. Hobbs says of Griset's illustrations: Some of the wood engravings have his customary light and whimsical touch; others are powerful and macabre in Doré's manner, with similar chiaroscuro contrasts (102). I find three types of Griset illustrations here among the ninety-three listed at the book's front. First and most impressive there are the full-page wood-engravings. They and their blank backs are included in the book's pagination. They are stark and even frightening sometimes. Some strong examples here would include LM (20), WC (29), The Mountain in Labor (69), FK (77), Mercury and the Woodman (92), FG (with three foxes, 101), The Eagle and the Crow (109), The Bear and the Beehives (141), The Thief and the Dog (an Eskimo, 212), and The Nurse and the Wolf (237). There are also some partial-page illustrations like these. Some good examples here are The Two Frogs (1), The Fox and the Lion (185), and MSA (227). There are, finally, some partial-page scenes with cartoon-like figures, e.g., The Peacock and the Crane (49), The Boar and the Ass (80), The Ass Carrying an Idol (155), The Wolf, the She-Goat, and the Kid (177), and The Old Woman and the Empty Cask (200). Bodemann's description fits right down to the eight pages of advertisements at the end. This book is a treasure, and I am lucky to have found it!
Cassell Petter, and Galpin,
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