The Fables of Aesop
. Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books, . NY ,
PZ8.2.B196 Ae 1994 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One hundred and three fables with thirty full-color paintings and many pen-and-ink drawings. The former are unusually well defined. In her first note, Rowan says that the morals have been so over-quoted that they have become cliches. I have elected to tell the stories as Aesop would have, leaving readers to discover for themselves the universal truths they contain. (Her next page refers unfortunately to the Augustina. ) There are some very nice touches in this lovely book. The crow with cheese shows up in the leaves above the grape-seeking fox on 16. In MSA (32), the ass simply breaks free and disappears into the crowd. Pairs of pages are often grouped by subject. On 90 and 91, there are matching mice illustrations for BC and The Cat in Disguise. In the latter, the cat wraps herself in some old sacking. Among the best colored illustrations are The Oak and the Reed (37), The Cocks and the Hens (41), The Bald Knight (54), The Lion in Love (75), and--my grand prize-- The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (88). T of C at the front, AI at the back.