Aesop's Fables, That is to say Some of Them Rewritten in Modern Way (cover: Illustrated Selections from Aesop's Fables Up to Date)
. Pond's Extract Company . NY ,
PZ8.2.P66 Ae 1892 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a twenty-four page advertising pamphlet. The title-page includes this comment: PRICE: Nothing; if that's too much to pay, . . .Say so, we'll send and take it away. The humor continues in the fables. They are told and illustrated in modern ways; I would put them somewhere between Bierce and Ade. The first plays on the word pitcher in its telling and illustration for CP. Though shaped like a water-pitcher, this character is also a pitcher for a baseball team. In Venus and the Cat, Venus congratulates the mouse-fearing girl on being a true girl. In GA, the grasshopper is told as usual that he should dance in winter. He does! He thanks the ant for the advice, changes his name, and soon accumulates a fortune on the dancing stage. The rooster in CJ proclaims that he wants a barleycorn before all the jewels in the world, and a clever rooster immediately takes him up on the deal. He offers him a promissory note, breaks the ring and gets a liberal reward from the hen that lost it, pawns the stone and makes enough to set up his own harem. The boy to be saved by the pedant cries out O, sir, save me now, if you won't read me the lecture afterwards (17). The wolf wanting to disguise himself in sheep-skin goes to a neighboring college to get one--a diploma, that is. Putting it on, he passed himself off as a genuine mutton-head. The cover artist knows a little Greek--enough to guess that Aesop in Greek is ??????; in reality his name is ???????