Tales of Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal
. Saqi . London
xPN989.I5B4 2008 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an extra copy of this latest edition. This is the fourth format in which this delightful book has been produced. The book remains as wide in format as it was in the 2000 edition by Inner Traditions, though it is slightly less tall. The book now runs to 303 pages, by contrast with the 263 pages in the 2000 edition. The cover is made of thicker material and includes a folded back portion in both front and back. Its front uses the Bodleian Library illustration of TT. Its back flap includes a picture of Ramsay Wood. Perhaps most of all, the sub-title has changed from Classic Fables from India to Fables of Friendship and Betrayal. There are two new elements at the end, apparently in place of Wood's Afterword: a postscript by Prof. van Ruymbeke and an Abbreviated Pedigree of the Bidpai Literature. This copy is again one sent me by the publisher as a teacher's desk copy. I will be using it with students within a few days in World Lit I. And I look forward to it!