Fables of Aesop and other Eminent Mythologists with Morals and Reflexions
. Printed for R. Sare B. Took, M. Gillyflower, A. & J. Churchill, G. Sawbridge, and H. Hindmarsh, , R. Sare, B. Took, M. Gillyflower, A. & J. Churchil, G. Sawbridge, and H. Hindmarsh . London
PA3855.E5 L46 1699 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Bodemann does not seem to have a separate listing for other than the 1692 first edition of L'Estrange's work. The second edition was in 1694. Here is the third. By a random sampling, I conclude that the entire work has been newly typeset. This copy lacks the frontispiece portrait of La Fontaine; it also does not have the preface or the portrait of Aesop that faced the Life of Aesop in my first edition. There is no longer a list of errata facing the first fable; presumably they have all been corrected! There are 476 pages, whereas the first edition had 480. The title-page print area is crowded into the upper left corner of the page. Two names among the publishers have changed their initial; they had been T. Sawbridge and J. Hindmarsh. I have put down the price that June Clinton charged me for this book, but that is a joke. It should be listed simply as a gift--because that is what it is. My understanding is that one of L'Estrange's major contributions to the history of fable publishing is the addition of the Reflexion to the moral. We will pay dearly for this innovation in reading L'Estrange's political and religious adversary, Croxall! The reflections include undisguised social and political commentary with more than a hint of Jacobitism.