Mein liebes Fabelbuch

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Brandstädter, Otto
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I am trying out a new policy with this and another recent purchase. When I find a better copy of a book already in the collection, I will simply add it. Here is a better copy of the book already found in the Leipziger Antiquariat in June of 1997 for DM17. This copy is in better condition throughout; it should, since it cost about five times as much! I will include comments from that copy. The opening T of C gives the authors of these thirty-nine fables. Eleven come from Lessing, while five each come from Aesop and Grimm. I tried the five from Grimm as examples. Two are surprisingly traditional fables, "Der Wolf und der Mensch" (5) and "The Two Goats" (14). This version of the latter allows the goats to save themselves from the river into which they have fallen. A third Grimm contribution is "Treue Freundschaft," the Bidpai story of true friends, including the crow, mouse, turtle, and deer (16). A fourth Grimm story is "Der Wolf and der Fuchs," which goes through four pages of various incidents until the clever fox escapes through a hole in the farmer's larder, through which the full-bellied wolf cannot creep. The farmer beats the latter to death (33). The final Grimm story is "Eine spasshafte Froschgeschichte" (50). It is new to me. A farmer sells his calf at the market for seven Talers. On the way home, he passes a pond, from which the frogs croak "Ak, ak." He argues with them that he made seven, not eight, Talers. He keeps arguing and then throws them the Talers, so that they can count them for themselves. When they do not return his Talers, he tells them that he does not have all day to wait, and he walks home! The illustration shows all seven Talers being thrown into the water at once. The book uses Gothic script and simple black-and-white illustrations. The book's colored cover shows a farmyard scene of mother cat and kittens, a dog, and chickens.
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