Funny-folk Fables: Tales of Long Ago
. McLoughlin Brothers Inc., . Springfield, Mass.
PZ8.2.F866 1936 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a very large format pamphlet (14½ x 9¾). The twelve fables here are taken from those of Peter Parley (my copy is dated 1836), which I happened to have read yesterday! They are The Pig in the Parlor, The Caterpillar and the Rook, The Frog and his Neighbors, The Bees and the Drones, The Angry Monkey, The Cow and the Clover, The Dog and his Master, The Forest Trees, The Fox and the Spaniel, The Raven and the Cock, The Candle and the Candlestick, and The Falling Kite. Here the pig himself broke away to return to his sty. The angry monkey here was discomfited but not killed. The cow ate all the clover in one afternoon, and so was chided by the horse for causing himself stomach pains. And the fox got away from the angry farmer, but the spaniel did not. Only here he outlived the experience. Notice that the candle is female and the candlestick male in the visual artist's portrayal. Among the most engaging of these huge illustrations is that of the bee taking a club to a drone! The front cover has separated from the booklet. Otherwise this pamphlet is in good condition for its age. Numbered 403. I have found an extra copy that is worn but in one piece. I will keep both in the collection.