The Fox and the Grapes: Aesop Through the Ages
Ashby, Anna Lou
. The Pierpont Morgan Library . NY ,
PA3858.P54 1995 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is another fine bibliographical tool to go along with Hobbs, McKendry, and Quinnam. Very strong early holdings. Surprisingly little is listed in the nineteenth and twentieth century: Levine is the only edition mentioned since 1932! A truly excellent introduction precedes the chronological bibliography. I had not known that the Pierpont Morgan owned the Codex Pithoeanus, the ninth-century manuscript that is our original source for Phaedrus. Four pages of lovely colored reproductions at the center, including the playing cards for the Grand jeu des fables d'Ésope. There is also a black-and-white page (27) given to the fable fountains at Versailles. A lovely little treasure! I will keekp in the collection a second, cleaner copy, a gift of Eleanor Webster in July, '95.