Kalila wa Dimna
Cowen, Jill Sanchia
. Oxford University Press . NY ,
ND3399.K32 C68 1989 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A beautiful oversize art-history book featuring the IUL (Istanbul University Library) illustrations, which have been in Istanbul since 1576. A fine introduction traces the history of the text and the illustrations. The text here serves the illustrations. The latter were cropped and remounted out of order in the sixteenth century. Part of the purpose of this book is to establish the correct sequence. The structure of what is presented here includes a prologue and eleven chapters. Illustrating these are fifty-four illustrations, each with its chapter. Illustrations numbered with a b or c are comparison illustrations from a set other than IUL. Twenty-six of these illustrations are also presented in color (between 50 and 51). The most surprising story to me here is DS (50): I had not known that this story comes from this tradition.