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The Book of Fables
(Sheldon Blakeman & Co.,, 1850)
This little (5½x almost 4½) volume represents a curiosity, a conundrum, or perhaps just a simple mistake. It is clearly labeled on cover and title-page as The Book of Fables, but the contents (pages 5 through 64) seem to ...
American Aesop: Negro and Other Humor.
(The Jordan & More press, 1926)
Not even close as a book of Aesopic material! The introduction does not seem to mention either Aesop or fable. What is the connection with Aesop? Perhaps just witty (?) stories? As it is, what we have here is a collection ...
The Fables of La Fontaine: A Critical Edition of the Eighteenth-Century Vocal Settings.
(Pendragon Press, 1986)
My, how fables get around! This book presents a transcription of the music and a translation of the fables as they appeared in 1732. This edition grouped the fables selected from LaFontaine in six volumes. For the fables ...
Fables and Allegories for Young and Old.
(Charles Foster, 1885)
Intricate and lovely designs in a melange of fables, most of which seem overworked. The book is not in good shape.
John Ploughman's Talk or Plain Advice for Plain People.
(Marshall, Morgan and Scott, Ltd., 1953)
I admit that I have read only two pages of this book (154-5). It seems a non-stop barrage of one-liners. The author does indeed, as the cover illustration suggests, take the bull by the horns! I picked the book up because ...
The Fairy Godmother or the Adventures of Prince Eigenwillig.
(Geo. A. Leavitt Publisher,George A. Leavitt, 1890)
The ultimate in tangential books for my collection. I had seen this book on several visits to Kelmscott and probably opened it the first two or three times. After a number of perusings (but not readings) I have found ...
When the Porcupine Moved In
(Franklin Watts, 1971)
I was unsure when I bought this book in Tampa whether I had already acquired a copy. It turns out that I had, but that it was hardbound. This book is not even softbound. It has in fact no binding at all. Sheets are ...
you turned the fables on me
The only touch of Aesop in this pun-happy simple cartoon book is on the cover. At least it is clear that Aesop gets around!
(Dover Publications Inc.,, 1876)
A curious book of 181 stories. Of interest for the history of fable are: the wild Christian applications after the stories; the use of the terms apologue and fable ; and the contemporizing of Socrates, Alexander, ...
Animal Crackers: A Bestial Lexicon
(Penguin BooksViking Press, 1983)
A delightful and well researched reference work that is exhaustive--though often inconclusive--in chasing animal phrases back to their origins. Perfect for reading a few pages a day. The Animal Name Index promised ...