Fables Designed for the Instruction and Entertainment of Youth. A new edition carefully corrrected
. Baudry's European Library . Paris
PN982.D6 1852 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is an unusual little (3½ x 5½) paperbound edition of Dodsley's fables. First, it is unillustrated. Further, Dodsley published his fables in three books with a total number of 109 stories. See my comments on the 1761 first edition and the 1798 Crukshank edition. This little edition selects 58 of those to present here; as far as I can tell, the selections all come from Dodsley's second and third books, including modern and original fables. None seem to come from the first book, Ancient Fables. The book adheres to Dodsley's choice in presenting the morals for these fables only at the end in an index devoted to morals. As is typical of Dodsley editions, this index presents the only opportunity for an overview of the book's contents. The final curiosity I note in this book is that it is a book of English fables produced in France. A quick check of the last fable presented shows small but consistent editing: the characters have been transposed in the title, the moral announced in the index has lost its introductory word That, and the last line of the narration has lost a dispensable of. There are some uncut pages.