Fables of Aesop and others
. T.O.H.P. Burnham . Boston
PA3855.E5 C7 1863 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The engravings in the copy from Titles are especially well done. Besides the alphabetical T of C at the beginning, there is an index of subjects at the end. It refers mostly to the virtues inculcated in the longish applications. Since now in March of 1997, I have just done an exhaustive analysis of this book, let me mention here a few impressions of Croxall. Hobbs is perhaps even understated (84) when she says that the morals, indigestible and sometimes irrelevant, occupy half the book. This edition contains 196 fables, which seems to be standard for Croxall. He has two versions of DLS, one (XLII) focussed on the owner and the ears and the other (CLXXVIII) on the fox and braying. Leaf follows Croxall's versions regularly. I seem to find James following him verbatim at least once (The Bald Knight, Croxall XLVII). Croxall loves the phrase could not forbear. His long applications read like sermons and seem often to look for a sermon-starting gem to work from; on these occasions, the fable itself seems left behind. Artzybasheff used Croxall and James as his text-sources. The 1865 Herrick edition uses Croxall texts with minor corrections and updates of language.