Pictures and Fables for the Young
. Philip J. Cozans . NY ,
PZ8.2.P53 1855 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Early string binding. 10 x 6¾. Fourteen pages. Eight nice hand-colored plates. A pair of printed pages with images is followed in each case by a pair of blank pages. The fables are in verse. The Donkey and the Ape has the latter trying to persuade the former to give up his work and live free as he does; in a second phase, the donkey finds him tied up on display in a zoo. Every living thing is born/To make itself of use. The Obstinate Frog has a frog father telling his son not to leave their pond for the glittering deceitful sea. The Parrot and the Sun-Dial finds the idle parrot screaming What's o'clock? all day, while the dutiful dial does what it is supposed to do. The Monkey of the World finds out from a wise old monkey of the woods that the people who invite him to all of London's parties are not his real friends and that they are only using him. The Pet Dog and the House Dog has the former inviting the latter (house dog here seems to describe a watchdog) only to let the house dog envy him. After talking about himself endlessly, the pet dog gets a lesson in purposeful life. The Ape and the Looking Glass has the former deriding himself unknowingly in the latter. In The Hog and the Lion the hog goes sick to the lion as doctor; before he knows it, he is the doctor's meal! As so often, the lion's face in the last illustration is more human than leonine. There are plentiful advertisements for various series from Cozans on the back cover. I cannot find this booklet in any of them.