. London: J.M. Dent & Sons/NY: E.P. Dutton & Company . London/NY ,
PA3855.E5 W3 1961 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A beautiful edition distinctive for its green, blue, orange or tan two-tone art, a specimen of which appears on every page except 15 and 71. Some samples of very good illustration occur on 46, 85, 108, and 114. Perhaps 75% of the fables have morals, which seem to me particularly intelligent. Some good examples include Figures are not facts for The Widow and the Hen (8), There is as much malice in a wink as in a word for The Fox and the Woodman (31), Disclaim one defect, and betray another for The Mole and her Mother (49), and Better scare than snare a thief for The Farmer and the Lion (110). The appropriate morals are all the more surprising because These fables have been translated into the plain, straightforward English of today from the Greek and Latin texts of Babrius, Phaedrus and other ancient or medieval writers to whom we owe their preservation, the translator's note on the back of the title page accurately proclaims. In terms of form, there are a few exceptions to a rule of one or two fables per page. On three pairs of pages (76-77, 134-35, and 152-53) there is one fable with two illustrations. AI at the front of the book. Maybe 240 fables in all. Not listed in Hobbs.