Aesop's Fables (with 24 colour plates)
It is hard to believe, but this is the third distinct book I have found now in the Sunshine Series by Ward and Lock. The other two have, respectively, sixteen colored plates and sixteen colored plates plus eight sepia illustrations. This one is exactly identical with the latter with the following exceptions. First, it offers what were sepia illustrations at the same place but here in full color. Secondly, it has for its cover not FS but an enlargement of a detail from The Wolf and the Fox (112), showing the fox in a bucket in a well. Thirdly, its advertisement for The Sunshine Series on the verso of the pre-title page is identical with the advertisement at the same place in the other volume except that it offers fewer volumes and says of course Each with 24 Colour Plates and not Each with 16 Colour Plates and 8 Sepia Illustrations. The ten volumes that it does offer are all among the fourteen in the other advertisement as well. Aesop's Fables does not appear in the advertisement here, as it does there. The printer here is not Whitefriars but Butler & Tanner Ltd., Frome and London. This book may have the firmest binding of the three Sunshine Series books I have. Here the leaping fox of FG on 68 is a classic! There are some minor stains in this copy. See my comments on both of the other books in the Sunshine Series. Ward and Lock used the same illustrations in a second family of Rountree books with Winder texts, listed here under the same date. They are generally advertised as Prince Charming or Charming Colour Books for Children, are smaller in page-format, and include more illustrations than these volumes in the Sunshine series. Rountree was also involved in another distinct venture, the publishers of which were Collins and the Children's Press. I have those grouped under 1922?
Ward Lock & Co.,