Aesop's Fables in Words of One Syllable
At long last I have worked my way back to a first edition of this important book. It is inscribed in 1879. I believe I have the book as done now by six different publishers. Blue cloth with gilt, including a lovely embossed design of a fox under grapes on the cover. I first found this book and commented on it carefully at the Pierpont Morgan in New York. I found that Godolphin's versions for the ninety-nine fables here tend toward drastic results. Thus the fox in the well dies, and the wolf eats the shepherd boy who had cried Wolf! Godolphin has excellent morals, often proverbial; sometimes the moral is in fact another fable. The illustrations include The Doves and the Mouse (frontispiece), The Squeak of a Pig (22), The Stag in the Lake (58), The Kite, the Sow, and the Cat (80), FM (124), The Hog, Ox, Cow, Dog, and Sheep (138), and MM (166). There is a T of C at the front and a two-page set of advertisements at the back. I am very happy to have found this book at last.
James Miller Publisher,