Nursery Rhymes and Funny Fables (cover: Nursery Rhymes and Fables)
This book is a curious replica of a volume with the same title and publisher, which I have listed under 1935? I believe this copy is from an earlier edition. Check my comments there. Let me note here the differences and add several more comments on the fables portion of the book. This volume is half the thickness of the other. It lacks the colored frontispiece of Little Jack Horner, but there may well have been a frontispiece here at one time. This copy's title-page is distinct in several ways. First, it seems to be a title-page only for the early portion of the book, i.e., Nursery Tales. It adds Chosen by Louey Chisholm with Pictures by F.M.B. Blaikie and Frank Adams. It places the publisher in only London, Edinburgh, and New York. The other edition adds Paris, Melbourne, and Toronto and puts Crest Series onto the title page, which is adorned with a black-and-white illustration of a crowing rooster. The present edition's title-page is adored with an illustration of a child pointing up at a crow in a tree. The colored illustration for Little Jack Horner comes not as frontispiece but between 12 and 13. The placement (and presence) of the colored illustrations in the nursery rhymes section is different. As in the other edition, there are here no colored illustrations in the fable section. On 121-22 there is the same T of C listing twenty-seven fables. As I mention there, my version of Dalkeith's work is listed under 1906/06? and contains forty-seven fables. These texts are faithful to those, even including the gender confusion in TH (155), where the tortoise is twice referred to as male and once as female! Each fable is given one or two pages and one simple black-and-white rectangular illustration. Perhaps the best among these is that for FG (146) with the fox holding his nose high in the air. The astrologer's well (154) is very shallow! I would add on this viewing that the milkmaid has a milk-pan and a little girl with her (148). I find the illustration for DW (137) curious. It puts one animal behind a half-door. The scene thus does not fit well with the narrative, in which the wolf sees how fat the dog is. The illustration might be more appropriate for the story of the wolf and the young goat in the house. The overall condition of the book is somewhat better than fair.
Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd