A Selection of Aesop's Fables Versified and Set to Music with Symphonies and Accompaniments for the Piano Forte
. Davidson, Peter's Hill, Doctor's Commons; D. Williams. Lith . London
PZ8.2.A254 Sel 1880 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Rebound in blue cloth boards, this copy is 8¼ x 10¼. The original front and rear covers are present inside the added outer covers. The original front cover contains some lovely work designed by A. Butler. This work consists of seven Victorian vignettes arranged around the title at the page's center. As the beginning T of C shows, there are 28 fables on 112 pages. All the edges of the original book are gilt. There is a small tear at the bottom of the front cover. The texts are, as might be expected for musical texts, strong on rhyme and repetition. I have long wondered if there were not some substantial collections of musical fable texts. This book gives a good answer to that question. My best guess is that D. Williams is the lithographer who printed the book. I do not know what to make of this publisher: Davidson, Peter's Hill, Doctor's Commons.