Aesop's Fables

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Aesop
Rackham, Arthur
Vernon Jones, V. S
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1912
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T of C and list of illustrations. Both the colored and black-and-white illustrations are very well done. The colored illustrations come alive in this early edition, e.g., The Crab and His Mother, The Blackamoor, 2P, Venus and the Cat, and The Gnat and the Lion. I am thrilled at last to have a good edition of this overly reproduced book! Now in 1996 I have gone through the versions thoroughly. This book is plentiful, offering 284 fables. Jones seems to have developed his versions very largely by adopting James' stories. This edition and at least some of my reprints have in The Kid and the Wolf on 152 a typo whereby the gods gave chase to the wolf, when clearly dogs is asked for by the story. Jones offers good versions, often supplying narrative connectives left out in ancient versions. He explicitates emotions helpful to understanding the events. He is faithful to the tradition. I do not find much variation from the Greek sources or much that looks like innovation. These texts are used in Yap Yong Cotterell's The Illustrated Book of World Fables (1979), in Anno's Aesop, and in the Penguin Little 60s series. The 1919 impression continues to use titled slipsheets for each full-page colored insert.
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London: William Heinemann/NY: Doubleday, Page, and Co.
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