Truth in Fiction or Morality in Masquerade: A Collection of Two hundred twenty five Select Fables of Aesop and other Authors Done into English Verse
Arwaker, Edmund (translator)
Four books of fables in English verse in blind-stamped cloth, covers detached, cloth lost over spine. Lacking the title-page, first leaf of the dedication, and last six pages. Back free endpaper and pastedown with pocket and slip. Pages browned and foxed, with some waterstaining to first few leaves; last few leaves with edges a bit ragged. The foregoing comments are almost all from PRBM's description. The four books contain, respectively, 68, 68, 58, and 31 fables. Helpful subtitles often give the theme of the fable. Thus the first three fables are The Peasant and Hercules: or No Pains, No Profit; Jupiter and the Tortoise: or Home is Home; and The Ass, Ape, and Mole: or Sufferings lightned [sic] by Comparison. I have been able to supply the lost title-pages and the final pages of the book from a copy on the Internet Archive. It also helps to be able to read the book online without disturbing this very fragile book! The format changes slightly in Book III, where the theme comes before the subject. There are a few fables which I do not immediately recognize as traditional here, including The Mad-house: or Expensive Sports, destructive Folly (I 32); The Bigamists (II 9); The Lapwing (II 11); The Coffee-House: or A Man's Credit is His Cash (III 29); and The Miss: or the Sponge Squeezed (III 53).