Select Fables from Aesop and Others with Two Hundred Illustrations
This little book's collection includes 153 fables from twenty-seven different sources besides a few marked either Anonymous or Original: Arwaker, Cowper , Croxall, Denis, Dodsley, Dutch, Epictetus, Esop, Fables of Flowers, Floral Fables, Gay, Gellert, Herder, Krasicki, La Fontaine, Langhorne, Lessing, Lloyd, Merrick, Moore, Mozeen, Pignotti, Pope, Senegal, Sentimental Fables, Tapner, and Whitehead. Croxall and Gay seem to appear most frequently. While some authors like Gay and Dodsley seem to be reproduced verbatim, others like Croxall are edited. The printer is sometimes careless about listing the author between the title and text; one needs then to consult the beginning AI to learn who composed this text. The preface differentiates this edition from others immediately with a strong statement of incredulousness about the morally corrupt fables which have been given to young persons. The fables here will be carefully chosen and edited. There is also a fine critique of Croxall's lengthy applications. The frequent tailpieces show an application of the fable; thus at the end of GGE we see a child who has broken through his drum (258). Many fables also have rather standard quarter-page illustrations before the text. A good example is that for MSA on 75. One fable I have seen seldom before is Jupiter and the Farmer (26) from Denis: the man who plans the rain on his own farm does not do as well as his neighbors, who simply let it happen. I found this book twice within a short time, and have never been aware of it before or after. I will keep both copies in the collection. They differ in their covers. The good copy has Leary & Getz in the midst of a checker pattern. The spine-cover is lacking, as is the last page of the AI. It is inscribed in 1861. Its page 333 is torn. It has twenty-four pages of advertising, and the address given there (224 North Second Street) is different from that on the title-page (138 North Second Street)! The poorer copy has brown cloth over boards, with gold Aesop on the spine. It is missing 229-50. It has twelve pages of advertising, with the same address (224 North Second Street) on both title-page and advertisements.
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