Kalilah and Dimnah

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Irving, Thomas Ballantine
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2005
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The hardbound version of this book was done by the same publisher in 1980. Here now is the paperback version done in 2005. The pictorial covers present two images from the Topkapi Museum: Kalila visits the captive Dimna and (back) Lion attacking a Bull. As I wrote then, this is a helpful and careful edition. The introduction (xi) points out that Calila e Digna in 1591 was the first extensive piece of prose literature in Spanish. This translation from the Arabic and Spanish seems to work carefully with the sources. The introduction also notes that this version gives the Panchatantra's five books in I and III-VI. II on Dimnah's trial and VII-XV are added stories. The T of C here (v-viii) lists all the fables and notes those that are fables within fables. There are notes at the end and an extensive bibliography. The work could have used a more careful proofreader. It appears that the proofreading errors persist. Note shoemanker on 14.
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Juan de la Cuesta
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