19 fables de roi lion
Muzi introduces this book as following upon his book of nineteen fables of Renard. He remarks that the fables collected here do not follow the traditional image of the lion as successful tyrant. In fact, he hopes that these fables help overcome the abuse of power, while entertaining their readers. Several of these fables are familiar, including four from Kalila and Dimna, one from Aesop, and one from La Fontaine. This collection represents a broad spectrum of countries of origin. There is a T of C at the back, on 105. Several fables are new to me. In the first, a famished hyena challenges the lion and says that she is stronger than he. They go out and hunt together. Three times the lion kills, and both feed. The lion asks the hyena now to back up her claim. She admits that hunger made her say senseless things. Now that she has eaten, she has become sensible again, and she acknowledges that the lion is the strongest. In the second fable, a lion tries to set three water buffaloes against each other, as in a standard Aesop fable about bulls. But in this case, the three recover their friendship in time and ambush the lion that had threatened their friendship. The black-and-white illustrations of this handy little volume, one to a fable, are simple and well done.
Castor Poche Flammarion