Fables d'Ésope, Représentées en Figures avec les explications et les principaux traits de sa vie
. Chez Tardieu Denesle Libraire . A Paris (Bodemann identifier 187.5 )
Language note: French
PA3855.F5 1810 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Language note: French
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The title-page includes Collection de 145 gravures piquantes et d'apologues ingénieux. Pour servir a l'Education des Enfans des deux Sexes. Bodemann #187.5. It seems that there are not 145 illustrations but rather 128. There are two frontispieces, one for each part. There are also nineteen illustrations to scenes in the life of Aesop. And there are one-hundred-and-seven fables, each with a single illustration. Perhaps the confusion arose because there are 145 pages here. Bearbeitungen nach Barlow is an accurate observation. Barlow's work appeared in 1666. Comparison with Barlow shows the sometimes extensive changes that have been made. Some of this volume's faces take on a simpler present-day look not like that of Barlow's faces. Examples are the face of Aesop himself in Illustrations V and XI for the life of Aesop. Contrast, in Fable XXIV, the face of the father, who closely resembles the dramatic father in Barlow, with the faces of the children, which are slightly comical. (For comparison, see Hodnett's Francis Barlow, p. 193.) For a final example, note the face of the servant not wielding the axe in Fable LV: she looks like someone from a Salvadoran plaque.. Some illustrations, like those for Fables I and XVII, seem to change only details from Barlow; in the former, for example, all people and animals are removed from the windows and doors. My prize among the illustrations goes to Fable VIII, which shows the hanged wolf in a sheepskin. All of Barlow's drama comes along with this illustration! Similarly, the dynamism of Barlow's work is still evident in WC (Fable XXXVII). DS (Fable XLVIII) is also well done, as is Fable LVII, The Fox and the Eagle. Fable LXIV, The Stag Pursued by Hunters, also retains a great deal of dynamism. It is easy to see and feel the imprint that the printing press made on each of the pages here. Only the right-hand pages are printed.