Alte liebe Fabeln und Geschichten

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Hoffmann, Agnes
Schmidham̄er, Arpad
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1907
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1907 is the date given by Google Books. There seems to be no date given in the book itself. Schmidhammer is well enough known to have a page in Germany's Wikipedia. He was a children's illustrator and was also happy to be known as an anticlerical caricaturist. As the opening T of C shows, there is a broad selection of fabulists here. The T of C is helpful because each work's writer is indicated only there. Besides Aesop and Phaedrus, they are all German-speaking. I am surprised to find no La Fontaine here. There are plenty of Hey fables early in the book. OF has the frog asking children if he does not outdo the ox for size (20-21). I am happy to find Lessing's Der Geist des Salomo among the more predictable stories here. Solomon meets an old man working very hard and asks him what he is doing. I learned from your advice to go to the ant and work hard. Solomon answers You learned only half. Go now again to the ant and learn in the winter of your years to rest and enjoy what you have gathered (35). The colored illustrations are well done, from the small -- like GA on 43 -- to the quite large -- like Der grüne Esel on 55. MSA is well illustrated on 97. The cover illustration seems typical of the early twentieth century. A child in pajamas and hat speaks with an owl. There is something billiken-like about the two. The stories here seem to grow in length and maturity as the book goes through its 200 heavy pages.
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Verlag von Levy u. Müller
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