Aesops Fables (Inside title: The Fables of Aesop)
. The Bour Company . Toledo
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Here is the first of two poor extra copies, this one torn and fragile. At last I have a good copy of this pamphlet. The upper right corner of the cover is cropped, but otherwise it is in reasonable condition for its age. This is a ten-page pamphlet, 4½ x 6, with The Cunning Fox on the cover with a gallows. On the cover, the Bour Company advertise themselves as Master Makers of Coffee, and on the title-page they are also the packers of Royal Garden Tea. There are seventeen Aesopic and one modern fable, the latter a blatant advertisement, along with eight fable illustrations inside the book, all in black-and-white. The second story is of The Cunning Fox who actually gets hanged on that gallows! LS, WSC, and DLS are clearly from Jacobs. FC is very similar to Arnrid Johnston's version in 1944. The old master on the Bour can stares out from the middle pair of pages; on the back cover he is presented as The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. In one extra copy several pages, including this back cover, are heavily crayoned. The other extra is torn and fragile. I delight in gathering fable ephemera like this piece.