Fables in Verse
. Boston: Crosby and Nichols/NY: Oliver S. Felt . Boston/NY
PZ8.2.F33 1864 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a small volume about 5 x 6 with 32 fables on 124 pages. Actually, the numbering of fables in the middle is confused, though no pages are skipped. The order of fables goes through this progression: XIV, XVIII, XIX, XV, XVI, XVII, XX. The frontispiece is a circular illustration of WL inside an ornate frame. The title-page illustration is of three children sitting on the ground. The other illustrations are simple and of several sorts. There are some large full-page illustrations of a given animal involved in a fable (e.g., the peacock on 15). There are other illustrations, sometimes smaller, of fable scenes. The larger illustrations have blank but numbered reverse pages. There are finally tailpieces, many of which seem not to be relevant to the fable at hand (e.g. 32, 36, 40). Most fables are followed by a two-line moral. The illustration for The Ass and the Lion (31) shows a lion, ass, and rooster; I think we have the illustration from one fable here used for another! I have the impression that I have seen these fable illustrations before. I like the closing lines of FS: / No malice, says the Crane, adieu!/ Remember I was taught by you. (40) /The clay pot does all the speaking to the brass pot, asking him to keep his distance (61). The Mountain in Labor (72) wins a brevity prize, since it is only four lines long. The moral in GA chides the grasshopper for idleness and the emmet for niggardliness (89). Heavily foxed. Inscribed in 1866.