Fables from Aesop
Sabben-Clare, J. P
. Winchester College Printing Society . [Winchester] ([Winchester College, Winchester])
PA3855.E5 S3 1976 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is the kind of book that makes printers proud. It is very nicely printed and bound. Unfortunately, it has no pagination, T of C, or AI. The rhyming verse translations of the thirty fables are witty and careful. Each fable has its own page. The fox, who has just given the lion everything in the division of spoils and has been asked by the lion who taught him to be so intelligent, answers My teacher's well known to us both,/But recently, sadly, deceased. My prize for the best text of all goes to The Patient Who Recovered and the Bad Doctor. The patient who has revived despite the bad doctor tells of the King and Queen of the dead being angered by the doctors who keep people among the living. He mentions the present doctor as one of those singled out for criticism. But, he goes on, he set them straight by saying that no one is less of a doctor than this man. In One Swallow and Spring, the text makes the man sympathetic instead of critical of the swallow who misled him about the coming of spring. The typesetter has particular fun with The Crab and His Mother, since he sets two key lines diagonally across the page. I find six full-page illustrations: The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass; The Fox and the Goat; The Patient Who Recovered and the Bad Doctor; The Boar, the Lion, and the Vultures; FG; and BW. FG is the most creative. The fox ends up hanging from the grape vine, and the latter includes a fine sour face. The illustrations are, I believe, less impressive than the translations.