Handford, S. A
. Penguin: Pearson , Puffin . London ,
PZ8.2.A254 Hand 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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As the verso of the title-page makes clear, this book has a rich history. It was first published by Penguin in 1954, with a new edition in 1964. Puffin published it in 1993. This new Puffin edition does, as far as I can tell, three things. First, it reduces the book's page size. The book is only a few pages longer, because most fables still fit easily on one page. Secondly, it corrects the long-standing error through all those earlier editions, which had in the quotation beginning #96, Metamorphosis, the Latin expells for what should be expellas. This edition has expellas. Thirdly, this edition adds a three-page introduction by Marcus Sedgwick. He reviews what can be known about Aesop and about fables and offers a lovely quotation from Apollonius about Aesop: He was really more attached to truth than the poets are; for the latter do violence to their own stories in order to make them probable; but he, by announcing a story which everyone knows not to be true, told the truth by the very fact that he did not claim to be relating real events (vii). Here we have 207 numbered fables on 218 pages, as the beginning T of C makes clear. The cover here features a two-color presentation of TH.