Fables and Stories Moralized, Being a Second Part of the Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists, etc., Vol. II
. Printed for Richard Sare near Grayes-Inn-Gate in Holborn . London
PA3855.E5 L43 1715 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Formerly presented to the Portsmouth Athenaeum by George Jaffrey, Esq. The covers are separated. Otherwise it is in fair to good condition. 5 x 7½. There are 277 numbered fables with morals and without illustrations. The format is what we are used to from L'Estrange: good prose fables separated from each other by a line across the page. Following each is a longish Moral in smaller typeface. Elements of the fable are frequently italicized. My favorite private collector quotes Mark Kishlansky's essay Turning Frogs into Princes from Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Early Modern England: L'Estrange's Aesop was so popular that it achieved three editions in seven years and then was followed by a second volume of non-Aesopic fables in the same format. Bodemann surprisingly seems to list only the first edition of the first volume. Neither Hobbs nor Snodgrass is any help on the sources of the fables here. I notice several familiar old friends like The Blind and the Lame. Ms. Rosen was good enough to sell me the book after I was able to answer some of her questions about it.