Fables for the Female Sex
. Printed for T. Davies and J. Dodsley, . London
PR3605.M3 F2 1771 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Bodemann lists this edition as the immediate successor (#122.2) of the first edition published by Francklin in 1744. This book, which I have listed under 1744, is Bodemann's #122.1. See my comments there and under the 1744/83? reprinting. Here the illustrations are still signed by Hayman. All sixteen full-page illustrations are here. Perhaps The Female Seducers is the strongest of the illustrations (XV, 115). Other strong images are The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat (IX, 55) and The Sparrow, and the Dove (XIV, 89), Let me quote what I wrote for the 1783 reprinting: Thefable itself really becomes a derivative illustration of what is basically either sermon or satire. The woman's world that emerges here is frightening to imagine today. Frail fair thing, if she loses her honor once, a woman is doomed forever (The Female Seducers). Parents giving her to a man whom she has not chosen are the mother sheep giving her lamb to the wolf! Vanity claims in the last fable to rule the whole female race: Trust me, from titled dames to spinners,/'Tis I make saints, whoe'er makes sinners. The manifold advice may not be easy to put together: character will keep a man much more than looks; clothing should make a man imagine--not see--the best;striving nature to conceal/you only her defects reveal. A woman has fleeting beauty and gives it to a man for protection; he is grateful for the gift remembered and continues to protect her out of gratitude for what once was. Do not tease the man to whom you have said yes. Leather binding. Very good condition.