Favorite Fables

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1895?
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Here is a third different copy of basically the same book. It is identical in publisher and title with them. I am listing it, for the sake of coherence, under the same date as them, even though this book has helped to date all three to a time before then. This book is inscribed Dec 6, 1892. This book has the same curious suppression of mention of La Fontaine on the cover and title-page, and it maintains the same silence about Thornbury's translation and Doré's illustrations. This book seems to have corrected one pagination and numbering problem from those two editions, dealing with Fable XXVI on 68-69. But part of a similar problem remains. What should be the last fable, LXXX on 230-31, is CLXXXI. This book has improved upon those by not mispaginating this fable. The front covers of those two books show WL and the wolf dressed as shepherd, respectively. This book's cover shows four colored scenes--MSA, The Cats, the Cheese, and the Monkey, DS, and FS. These four scenes are well illustrated, but the scenes are not the Doré scenes used inside the book. The back cover features a colored illustration of two children with a book. As in the book with wolf and shepherd on the cover, there is no colored illustration here before the frontispiece, though of course one may have fallen out or been removed. This book is in poor condition. The canvas spine has all but disappeared. The well-worn covers are hanging on by threads. This book once belonged to Lizzie Callan in Parnell, Iowa.
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