The Book of Fables
. Sheldon Blakeman & Co., . NY ,
PZ8.2.B665 1850 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This little (5½x almost 4½) volume answers a question raised earlier by a volume with the same bibliographical information. That book consisted of conundrums, and I wondered if the printer made a mistake. This little book confirms that he did in fact make a mistake there in putting the fable cover on that book of conundrums. This little book is, by contrast, the real thing. It presents fables throughout its 64 pages. There is a good deal of coloring, probably, to judge by its consistency, done by the publisher. Notice how the images that include a lake or river get a careful portion of blue to cover the water. The texts are rhyming verse, sometimes padded for meter's sake. The Blackamoor here is a woman, overly washed by her young mistress (18). New to me is the story of an angler who has caught a fish. He pulls so hard to bring it in that he loses the fish, but his hard pulling means that his now free hook, pulled through the water, lodges in another fish passing by (32-33). BW contains a typo. The shepherd boy used frequently to divert himself by crying out Wolf, and the husbandman [sic] left their work (50).