Fables of Aesop
Howard, M. Maitland
. John Lane The Bodley Head ltd., . London
PA3855.E5 H83 1926 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A curious book in very good condition. Seven nice duochrome illustrations join excellent engravings that, like the print, are deeply impressed into the paper. The language is often archaic. The fables chosen and versions presented are unusual; I would not be surprised if a number of the latter come from Babrius or the Augustana. For surprises, check these fables: the shepherd's boy (26) plays his trick many times; LM (28) presents its second episode first; the authors are divided on the second king sent to the frogs (33); the kite seizes the duelling champions frog and mouse (35); the horse kicks the lion, not the wolf (52); and the nightingale offers the hawk a song (107). New to me: The Cat and the Mice (95) and The Bear and the Bee-Hives (112). First prize for a fable beginning goes to 55: In the days of old, when horses spoke Greek and Latin, and asses made syllogisms, there happened.... Second prize: There was a time, when a fox would have ventured as far for a bunch of grapes, as for a shoulder of mutton.... (126).