Kleines Fabelbuch, Enthaltend 237 der schönsten Fabeln zum Nutzen und Vergnügen der Jugend
This little book is impressive in several ways and curious in another. It is impressive as a kind of tour-de-force of versification. Gebauer has taken most of these 237 fables and turned them into (mostly harmless) German verse. All of the fables before 210 are in verse; all on 210-48 are in prose. It is impressive secondly for the strong illustrations, starting with the title-page illustration of a woman under a tree holding a fable book dated 1847. She is surrounded by animals. This engraving is signed by F. Reusche sc and Xave Roller Muenchen. Other engravings are signed Weimer (or perhaps Deimer) or Reusche. Weimer's FS on 228 is one of the better illustrations in the book. Another engaging illustration is the unattributed Der Spiegel on 238. Sometimes the illustrations take on a caricature quality, as in the engraving for The Acorn and the Pumpkin on 149. Pages 1-31 got mixed up by the bookbinder. Krikl notes both that it is an Erstausgabe and that it is mentioned in Kosch VI,104 and Wegehaupt I,709. There is a T of C at the beginning.
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