Fables and Moral Maxims in Verse and Prose
. John W. Parker . London
Aesop et al
PN982.F32 1835 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop et al
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There are 272 pages here with plenty of small print on them. The moral intent of the book is clear from the first paragraph, which closes with the comment that some school editions of Aesop's and Gay's fables abound in subjects and expressions, not merely repulsive from their coarseness, but more gravely objectionable, from their anti-social, and, frequently immoral, tendency (iv). It is good to know that someone was at least alert to what fables were offering! The collection of perhaps two hundred stories here includes fables in verse and in prose, some taken from Krumacher's Parables and some from Dodsley's Economy of Human Life. The moral maxims advertised in the title are not a separate section. There is an AI at the beginning. There are good little illustrations before every fourth or fifth fable, and some illustrations after fables too. One can count the ribs on the dog in DS on 265. New to me and good is The Monkey and the Nuts (24): the monkey pelts would-be attackers with the very nuts that they seek. Victory for him is ultimately as good as a defeat! The upper half of the spine has chipped off but is present; it reads Parker's Fables.