Deutsche Fabeln aus neun Jahrhunderten
Becker, Karl Wolfgang
This is an imposing edition. The art is first of all a major contribution. The flyleaf calls these colorful additions ironic commentary, thoroughly opinionated readings of many fable materials. The pacing wolf just after the title-page is a good example. For another good example, try the full-page illustration to Steinhöwel's The Ass and the Little Dog (55). Among the slightly strange illustrations, one might examine LM on 45. One more visual delight is the full-page illustration to Lessing's The Crow and the Fox (230). Working from the back gives a good sense of the gifts of this edition. The T of C begins on 549 and lists authors. I count eighty-seven of them. Becker's Nachwort (533-48) offers thoughts on the nature of fable, world literature and national tradition, and the history of German fable. On 475-531 there is an extended Autorenverzeichnis, with basic biographical data and sources for the texts represented here. One more helpful section precedes this: Wort- und Sacherklärungen (457-74). This is a beautifully conceived and crafted book!