The Fables of Aesop
. Calla Editions . Mineola, NY
PA3855.E5 2014 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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As I wrote of an earlier reprinting, there was a spate of reprintings of Detmold's "The Fables of Aesop" about the time that the copyright on his 1909 edition ran out. Our collection includes copies from the original publisher Hodder and Stoughton in 1981 and from Crown Publishers (1985), View Productions (1985), and Gramercy Books (1994). This present unabridged reprinting may be the finest of these recent efforts. My hat is off to Dover for publishing such a fine book – and for venturing into "fine" publishing after their success with well-made books for low prices. The frontispiece of TMCM is present. There is a list of the 25 illustrations just after the opening T of C. I am warming to these illustrations, though it remains true that they do not attempt to capture the narrative. They are fine in their own right. The smaller black-and-white illustrations are also worth noticing, starting with the dramatic image on 1 of the mouse facing an engaged lion. The illustrations are on the same high grade of paper as the text pages, but they have no printing on their verso. The helpful man in Acadian pointed this out to me, and at first I passed on it. As I finished, I took another look and was impressed and decided to take along at least one book treasure from New Orleans. FS is pasted onto the cover and faces 120. I think Detmold's work is more engaging the more it moves into richer browns and reds.