The Book of Fables Illustrated by Engravings
. Published by J. Grout Jr., . Worcester
PZ8.2.A254 1840 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This small (almost 6 x 4) pamphlet with ornate wraps contains sixteen fables on 24 pages, with nine illustrations. A beautiful rectangular illustration of FG starts the booklet off, followed by an apologia that foxes would rather be in a henhouse than in a vineyard, and a verse version of FG. Next is the first of several fables new to me, The Fox and the Tortoise. The fox is being pursued by humans for robbing their henhouses and stops to chat for a moment with a tortoise before running off to save his life. The tortoise realizes that an honest life is better than running after forbidden pleasures. BW (illustrated) and The Fox and the Goat follow in verse--in different sized print, by the way. Next up are DLS in verse and DS in prose, the latter with another fine illustration. WC (verse) WL (prose, with an illustration), TB (verse) and DM (prose, with an illustration) follow. Hurcules [sic] and the Clown (verse), The Lark and Her Yonug [sic] Ones (prose), and The Doves and Hawk (verse, with a large illustration) follow. The Groom and the Horse (prose, 20) is new to me; the groom fools the horse, who has refused to be caught, by bringing out the measure (bucket?) in which he regularly brought the horse's oats. The measure is empty, and the horse chides him for his deception. The Lion and the Other Beasts (prose) is about smells in the lion's den; the accompanying illustration is really for the fable about the lion's partners in hunting (sheep, goat, and cow) and their division of the stag clearly in evidence in the picture. The Owl and the Nightingale (prose) criticizes the former for monkish book learning that is disturbed by the nightingale's lovely singing. The back cover features the books available at J. Grout's Cheap Bookstore. Very good condition. A fine specimen of good printing work--except for the lamentable errata! What is that frontispiece about, showing a dog (?) in front of a home's fireplace? Very good condition.