Drei Dutzend Fabeln von Äsop
Bodemann #512.1. I had hoped for this book since I saw it used for the last illustration in Hobbs. The book is remarkable first of all for using Steinhöwel as the basis for its texts for its thirty-six prose fables. One result is that the point of the fable is announced as a promythium in each case. Then there are the strong woodcuts from Hoffmann besides. Generally, the Steinhöwel texts are on the left-hand page, and the Hoffmann woodcuts on the right. (The exception is 53, a right-hand page with text.) Among the best of woodcuts are those for Two Lobsters (15); The Stag at the Spring (29); The Cat-Woman (39); The Wanderer and the Satyr (61); FG (71); OR (75); and DLS (79). The book has only 81 pages. It looks as though I bought this book twice from the same bookstore, and the two purchases seem to have happened within just a few weeks of each other.