The Book of Fables in Prose and Verse
. Kiggins and Kellogg . NY
PZ8.2.B662 1845b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a second copy of a book I have already catalogued, only the blue pictorial wraps there have become tan pictorial wraps here. The advertisements on the back proclaim the same prices. My price for this copy was $42.50 less than for that copy! The back cover identifies the series as Redfield's Toy Books and says that they are illustrated from designs by Chapman. I will include most of my comments from there. This book, originally sold for $.06, is charming evidence of what fables meant for children in the middle of the nineteenth century. The fables here are long and heavily didactic. The first and longest of the seven fables is the Aesopic fable of the axe, here with Honestus Woodman and Cheathim. Further fables focus on: the animals' argument over greatness, led by orator hog; the bird's three lessons (also Aesopic); the sundial and the weed; the complaining dove (a parable for little girls); the foolish lamb who stays out at night and is devoured by the wolf family; the thief of a bird nest (boo, hiss). Simple engravings.