Aesop's Fables: A Selection
. The Acorn Press . London
PA3855.E5 W28 1982 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I got very lucky as I ducked into an unlikely shop featuring mostly new books and publishers' remainders. A bookcase of older and used books included two treasures. (The other is a pamphlet from Verona by Giovanni Mardersteig in 1973). This book was among several works by Weissenborn, perhaps a collection by a fan. The verse presentations by Warren are very good. They get the fables right, as when he has the woodcutter say one thing but nod, wink, and gesture to where the fox is hiding in The Fox and the Woodcutter. The twenty-two engravings printed directly from Weissenborn's blocks are clear and vigorous. Among the best, I believe, are Useful Labour, The Ass and the Ciccadas, 2P, and The Eagle and the Terrapin. This is a very sturdy booklet.