London, Edinburgh, and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1905. Oblong folio, measuring 9.75 x 12.5 inches; original pictorial teal cloth stamped in red, grey, black and white; title page printed in red and black. Illustrated with fifteen full-page color plates by Carton Moore Park and black-and-white line drawings throughout text by René Bull. Light shelfwear, endpapers renewed. Short closed tear to head of title page, stray smudging, crease to final color plate.
First edition of this popular translation of Jean de La Fontaine's seventeenth-century fables, aimed at young readers, featuring vibrant color plates by Carton Moore Park. Among the thirty-one fables included here are “The Fox and the Grapes," “The Hare and the Tortoise," “The Dog and the Bone," and “The Frog That Would Be As Big As An Ox": “Again she puffed, again she blew, / But only mocking laughter drew; / At last, by vain ambition curst, / She blew once more, and then she burst." A very good example of a striking book.