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The Story of Reynard the Fox - David Vedder, Gustav Canton (illustrator)

1847 - David Bogue, London - Second Edition
Lithographed by David Vedder’s son-in-law Frederick Schenck (Schenck & McFarlane, Edinburgh), and considered on its appearance ‘the best edition of this famous story yet presented in England’ (London Literary Gazette, 1852).

Illustrated by Gustav Canton of Munich and Dusseldorf, with 9 two-tone lithographic plates, 5 colour lithographic plates, 1 in-text engraving, 8 vignettes, and 19 decorated letter pieces.

‘Vedder’s book is splendidly illustrated by the German artist Gustav Canton, but modestly so and in keeping with a text which has been carefully expurgated and made suitable for decent young people... Vedder’s text is based on the 1706 English verse translation of Hartmann Schopper’s 1569 Latin text, this, in turn, is based, via a 1544 High German shortened translation, on that of the 1498 Lübeck Low German, and thence back to the Flemish on which Caxton drew.’ - Kenneth Varty,
Reynard the Fox: Cultural Metamorphoses and Social Engagement in the Beast Epic [171].

‘The illustration of Reynard the Fox, will always be a tempting one to artists who possess the gift of humorously indicating human character, passions, follies, and infirmities, in brute form. This power is in the command of Gustav Canton ; whose humour, readiness, and clever combination, are considerable, — marred, however, by an unfortunate vulgarity of artistic style, at any rate as represented in these lithographs.’ - Review of this edition in
The Spectator, January 1847. 
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