Aesop's Fables in Words of One Syllable
. Felt & Dillingham . NY ,
PZ8.2.A254 1868c (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Wonders never cease. Over years I had worked my way back to what I thought was a first edition of Godolphin's work, published by James Miller in NY in 1869. Then I found an undated version by Cassell, Petter, and Galpin which was inscribed at Christmas in 1868. Now here is a dated 1868 edition by Felt & Dillingham in New York. The embossed golden title around an image of FG in the center of the cover is exactly the same as on the other two books. Inside, the text of the books seems identical up to 174, when each publisher begins his advertisements. This book has green cloth covers. The illustrations of The Doves and the Mouse; The Kite, the Sow, and the Cat; and FM seem to be missing. MSA is added (45). Other illustrations are placed at slightly different places: The Squeak of a Pig (23); The Stag in the Lake (58); The Hog, Ox, Cow, Dog, and Sheep (139); and MM (167). I first found this book and commented on it carefully at the Pierpont Morgan in New York. I found that Godolphin's versions for the ninety-nine fables here tend toward drastic results. Thus the fox in the well dies, and the wolf eats the shepherd boy who had cried Wolf! Godolphin has excellent morals, often proverbial; sometimes the moral is in fact another fable. There is a T of C at the front and a two-page set of advertisements at the back. See my comments on the Miller versions of both 1869 and 1874 and on the Cassell, Petter, and Galpin edition of 1868. This book is in fair condition.