Aesop's Fables (With 200 Illustrations): Books for the Bairns -I
. Review of Reviews Office . London
PZ8.2.A254 1896 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Pink pictorial paper wraps. Each of the sixty fables listed in the beginning T of C has from two to five small black-and-white illustrations that are most similar to the old transfers we played with as children. As in the New Series by the same editor and publisher (1899?), there are excellent sub-titles for each of the fables. Here are some of the best: The Lion and the Bulls; or, When Friends Quarrel Foes Profit (7); The Trees and the Axe; or, To Sacrifice the Poor Endangers the State (26); The Fox and the Grapes; or, Make the Best of What You Can't Help (35); The Wolf and the Crane; or, Get Your Fee Before You Make Your Cure (45); and The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox Hunting; or, Lawless Might Breeds Crafty Slaves (54). Apparently, Stead could find no proverb for The Viper and the File (40). The four images for Venus and the Cat (37) tell the tale very well. Again here, the typesetter worked very hard to make sure that no reader would have to turn a page in order to finish a fable. On 18-19, on 20-21, and again on 28-29 a short and a long fable are paired up to make a two-page spread. This fragile booklet belongs to ephemera, and I am delighted now to have found a copy of both volumes.