A Selection of La Fontaine Fables (Hebrew)
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Jean de La Fontaine and Moshe Ben Shaul
This is a brighter, slightly altered, and perhaps more recent printing of a book already in the collection. The copies share the same bibliographical data. What is different in this copy, other than less wear? What were the endpapers in the other copy come here only after blank pages and a page showing a stack of books and a writing quill. A further difference is that the back endpapers are poorly printed; the other, perhaps earlier, copy has more distinct back endpapers. As I wrote of that other copy, it is the Hebrew version of one of many books Romain Simon illustrated, this one published originally in 1953. Our collection has three later printings of that French original, one in the year of this book's printing. This is a 28-page oversized children's book. There are eleven fables in all, each allotted one to three pages. At least five of them are included somehow in the endpapers at the end of the book and the similar pages near the beginning. The stories include GA, FC, FG, LM, TMCM, TH, MM, "The Fox and the Goat," WL, FS, and TT. Has the lively, skipping rabbit appeared in Simon's work before? The scarf and shawl on the tortoise make me think I have seen these characters before!