The Book of Fables
. Sheldon Blakeman & Co., . NY ,
PN6371.B6 1850 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This little (5½x almost 4½) volume represents a curiosity, a conundrum, or perhaps just a simple mistake. It is clearly labeled on cover and title-page as The Book of Fables, but the contents (pages 5 through 64) seem to be entirely conundrums. Many of the pages are also headed Conundrums. Did a printer make a mistake in matching signatures? One conundrum at least refers to a fable (about the mountain that gave birth to a mouse, 54). Several images may well be from plates for fable books: the injured lion (48), OF (50), the mountain and mouse (54), and the angler (with a small fish?, 55). The back cover with its list of publications in Kriss Kringle's library would be helpful if it had not lost most of its print! Do not miss the image of a very early train on 31.