Select Fables: New Translations from Aesop
. Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis . London
PZ8.2.A254 1828 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This twelve-page chapbook cost more than I would like to pay, but it seems to be the real thing. In fact it seems to come from the very end of the chapbook-era. It is larger than I have conceived of chapbooks, since it is about 4¼ x 7¼. There are twenty-one numbered fables, all from the traditional corpus. The Sunday School Society makes sure that there are clear lessons to be learned here! Sometimes they occur as an unlabeled promythium or epimythium, and sometimes the narrative text seems to move into them without apparent change of gears. The antagonist to the bleacher here is the founder (8). The only illustration is on the cover: a seated gentleman speaks with two children. These pages are very fragile!