Fables Nouvelles a l'usage de la Jeunesse

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Durand, A
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1821
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The title-page goes on: Contenant des principes de Morale propres à diriger son jugement et à régler sa conduite, Précédées des Règles de l'Apologue. There is no help to be found for situating this volume from either Bodemann, since it is not illustrated, nor Shapiro, since its fables are in prose. I have tried the first three and they are clear and clearly moral. In case the lessons might not be clear, there is a moral before the fable. A cat steals from the cook, is barely spared by the merciful master of the house, is put into a cage, gets out again and seems to have learned his lesson. While everyone sings his praises, he steals something else in the kitchen and runs out of the house. A monkey has a nut in one hand and a stone in the other. He asks passers-by whether what he holds is good or bad -- and then confounds the answerer with the hand denying the answer. A fox answers: You show me what you have, and I will pronounce whether it is good or bad. Beavers are downing a tree, and a parakeet mocks them for doing so with such tiny teeth against a big tree. He comes back three days later, and the tree is down. I did not go further with my reading. There is a T of C at the back. This volume contains four books of fables, with twenty-five fables in each book.
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Chez Durand, père et fils, Libraires
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