Select Fables by Mr. Charles Denis
. J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper . London
PR3409.D24S44 1754 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a large volume of 120 fables fashioned after La Fontaine, Aesop, and others. There is a frontispiece: an angel (?) kneels before a ruler as two goddesses hover above. There is also an introduction commending the work to George, Prince of Wales. The verse fables seem to follow on La Fontaine's themes, but done in Denis' own way. Ulysses wants to release his men from their bestiality before he has sex with Circe, but they refuse. The prince should not follow their example. I find the rhyming verse tiring. There is a good moral to FG: "Whenever an attempt proves vain, As well to sneer, as to complain" (227). I have the impression after reading a few of these fables that La Fontaine was briefer. I am surprised that this book is not in Bodemann. A copy is presently on sale on the web for $6000.