Aesop's Fables in rhyme for children
Longley, Margaret D
White, Richardson D
. The Saalfield Publishing Company . Akron, Ohio
PZ8.2.A254 Wh 1903 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The charm of this very charming oversized (9¾ x 12) book begins with the front and back covers, which show, respectively, the two scenes of FS. In the first, the fox winks at the viewer over an empty soup-bowl. In the latter, he is in profile with his visible eye closed as he sits before a tall vase. The book contains fifty fables, each presented in a two-page spread with text on the left and a full-page half-tone illustration right. The illustrations are, as the bookseller's description mentions, powerful and sometimes slightly disturbing. A good example is BW (17). Among the best illustrations are TB (7), DS (8), CW (14), The Bald Man and the Fly (16), The Miser (21), The Ass's Brains (32), The Hares and the Frogs (33), and DM (46). The texts are all done in verse. The text for DS (8) speaks of meat but the illustration shows a bone. In FK (9), Jupiter relents and takes away the stork king! I have never seen that before! The cat maiden's chase takes place at the banquet, where the mouse has entered by chance (14). There is no reprisal here for her behavior. Jupiter had changed her to prove that a being's nature could change. SW (28) is told in the poorer form. LS includes the jackal, fox, and wolf as the lion's three partners. The Sick Lion (45) is not about the shame of being attacked by an ass, but about the shame of being attacked by any creatures while dying. There is an AI at the front, which gives the number of the story in order. There are no page numbers in the book.