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Nice edition ("Centennial Anniversary Edition" published by Dover)
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2016
(This review is for the "Centennial Anniversary Edition" published by Dover)
This is probably the most nicely printed edition of Thornton W. Burgess' work currently in print.
Yes, all the original illustrations in the Little, Brown first editions of 1910 and 1911 are there, and they are full-size. They are not shiny like the originals, which were printed on art paper and tipped in (individually glued to the bound text pages). These are printed right on the text stock. it's pretty good text stock but does not compare to the art paper of a century ago. Also, since the reverse sides are printed with text, you cannot avoid seeing shadows of the text when viewing the illustrations. Get the originals if you can, but otherwise this is a nice substitute.
This was Burgess' very first published book, and it is not his best work. The animal behavior described is often not as naturalistic as in his later books. These stories were originally written to be read to the author's 4yo son, and they appeal mainly to very young children. For older kids, a much better introduction to Burgess is "Tommy and the Wishing Stone".
Two quibbles with the book's introduction:
First, the introduction mentions Burgess' "as-yet-uncounted magazine short stories".
That is not exactly true. Michael W. Dowhan wrote a meticulously thorough annotated bibliography of them in his "Thornton W. Burgess, Harrison Cady: A Book, Magazine, and Newspaper Bibliography" of 1990. He doesn't give a count except to say that there are nearly 900, but counting them right in the book would be short work.
Second, introduction says "Dover Publications is helping to make more and more Burgess books available to the public very year. All are carefully reproduced from the original first editions."
It isn't true that all of Dover's Burgess books are reproduced from the original first editions. Only a few have the illustrations from the first editions. Several have the illustrations from the 1940s & 1950s Grosset & Dunlap editions. Most have bad copies of one or the other set of illustrations by hack artists; those copies have none of the charm of the originals.