A New Translation of Æsop's Fables, Adorn'd with Cutts
. Printed for Tho. Tebb , Tho(mas) Tebb . London
PA3855.E5 1708 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The title continues Suited to the Fables Copied from the Frankfurt Edition. By the Most Ingenious Artist Christopher Van Sycham. The Whole being rendered in a Plain, Easy, and Familiar Style, adapted to the Meanest Capacities. Nevertheless Corrected and Reform'd from the Grossness of the Language, and Poorness of the Verse us'd in the now Vulgar Translation: The Morals also more accurately Improv'd; Together with Reflections on each Fable, in Verse. Whew! I was surprised to find this book offered on eBay, and I am delighted to save it. The copy is, as the seller noted, in poor condition. The good news is that the title-page and fable contents are intact, even if the spine has deteriorated and several early pages are lost. I am amazed that this book is not in Bodemann. The Van Sycham illustrations are strong, if simple. As far as I can tell, there is an illustration on every right-hand page. Excellent for its sheer vigor is the illustration for The Wolf and the Sow on 41. The illustration for TMCM (15) follows a different tradition than do most illustrations and even this text; the center of the action appears to be not a dining room (as in the text) but an outdoor grain bin. Is that a cat perched on the grain bin? In all, the book's 288 pages -- followed by an eight-page AI -- contain some 215 fables. There must be over a hundred illustrations. I have ordered an inexpensive print-on-demand xerox of this book and will add that to the collection. This is a tender little treasure!