The Big Book of Fables

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Jerrold, Walter
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1925
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This is the fourth copy we have of this book. One is a 1987 reprint by Portland House. Two are apparent first editions, one from Blackie and Son and the other from Blackie and Son and H.M. Caldwell. Both of those have "1912" on their title page. Now here is an undated copy in good condition published by Dodge Publishing Company in New York but printed in Great Britain. Searching for a date of publication on the web proved fruitless, and so I am guessing at 1925. As I wrote of other copies, this is one of the more lavish books I have. There are 147 fables, with twenty-eight colored plates, a hundred black-and-white plates, and many smaller designs. The introduction (vii) is strong on morals: "There are some people who pretend to dislike these morals, but they are short-sighted folks who think that a thing should be only beautiful, and do not see that it is still more beautiful if it is useful as well. Fortunately most people do not agree with those short-sighted folks...." The versions include many verse renditions. "A Huntsman and a Currier" (8) is a variation, new to me, on TB. Jerrold tells MSA differently when he has the old man in anger throw the ass into the river (279)! The designs include good silhouettes of the young man and swallow (31), the lion's allies going to war (66-67), and the wolf turned shepherd (145). My favorite colored illustrations are FG (104) and BF (178). On 293, the book itself makes an appearance in the book's final illustration. This copy spent too long in someone's basement.
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