Select Fables in Prose and Verse
. Samuel Wood . NY ,
PN982.S38 1811 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Someone has written First edition on the first page of this small (3½ x 5¼) pamphlet. It contains thirteen fables in its fifty pages. In the title-page's illustration, Aesop holds up a mirror that shines back on human beings. Moore is quoted, including these lines: With friendly hand I hold the glass,/To all promiscuous as they pass:/If the fantastic form offend,/I made it not but would amend…. Two of the three prose texts (The Shepherd Turned Merchant and SW) are from Croxall. Most fables here are well-known in the tradition. Those less known include The Young Lady and Looking Glass (15), The Nightingale and Glow-Worm (29), The Boy and Rainbow (39), and The Bee, Ant and Sparrow (43). Every fable is adorned with a small quadrangular illustration. These have now been crudely hand-colored. 45 is misprinted as 54. The spine has been taped over. This is what I think of when I hear of a chapbook. The pamphlet is inscribed in 1811 as well as dated in that year by the publisher on the cover and title-page.