One of 750 Numbered Copies Signed by Edward Detmold

    [Edward J. Detmold, illustrator]. The Fables of Aesop. Illustrated with 25 Drawings in Color by Edward J. Detmold. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.

    Number 603 of 750 limited edition copies signed by the illustrator on the limitation page.
    Folio. Unpaginated. Illustrated with 25 color plates tipped-in.

    Publisher's red cloth with gilt spine titles and decorative blind-stamping on the front board. Moderate wear to the extremities. Spine faded. Bumped corners. Minor foxing of the endpapers, but overall a beautiful near fine copy of a classic illustrated work.

    The most haunting and intriguing of his work, Aesop's fables was illustrated by Detmold when he was only 26 years old. It was the first book he illustrated after his twin brother's suicide in 1908, a tragedy that imbued these illustrations with a sense of personal turmoil against unnatural acts in the natural world. It is fitting, then, that they are intended to illustrate the fables of the moral man struggling to break free from the harsh, natural world of eagles and jackdaws, foxes and grasshoppers, grapes and ants. A stunning book.

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