Fabeln aus Spanien-Italien und Russland

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This book belongs to one series that seems a variation of another series. This series is published by Klinke and I now have volumes 6 through 10. This series includes Neuere Deutsche Fabeln and others. The other series is published by Alfo Kunstdruck Verlag in Kaiserslautern and includes Deutsche Fabeln aus dem 16. und 18. Jahrhundert von Luther und Lessing and others. There is even a third series of two books identical with Alfo editions but lacking notice of a publisher. All three types have the same canvas binding and the same striped cover format with a picture at the center. Volumes in all have 32 pages and fourteen fables. The editor remains the same for all, but illustrators vary within and among the series. In fact, this copy has a gray band apparently pasted on its pink cover; the band announces Mit Bildern von Elsa Schnell-Dittmann. She is not mentioned inside the volume. Might this band be covering indication of a different illustrator? There is a T of C at the beginning. The color work for the fourteen fables here is simple and pleasing. Each fable's text is on the left-hand page with a colored illustration on the right-hand page. Below each colored illustration is a simple sketch of a different phase of the fable. The cover illustration, repeated on 21, may be among the best. It presents Leonardo's The Rock. A rock works itself loose from its cliff in order to find the big world down on the road. There it gets stepped upon and ridden over -- and begins to long to be back where it was. Thus many leave the pleasant life of the countryside to live in the city. A table at the book's end reveals the authors of each fable. Two come from Juan Manuel, three from Felix Maria de Samaniego, two from Tomas Iriarte, one from Ramon de Campoamor, and one each from Leonardo da Vinci, Clemente Bondi, Aurelio de Giorg Bertola, Gherardo de Rossi, Ivan Krylov, and Ivan Turgenev. Rossi's The Horse and the Fox is new to me. The horse beats the bull in a race, and everyone except the fox praises the horse. I will wait until he beats the stag.
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