A Fox and Some Grapes and Other Stories
. Sterling Press Private Limited . New Delhi
Aesop et al
PZ8.2.F684 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop et al
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Here is a fascinating find. There are eight fables on sixteen pages in this large-format pamphlet with a leaping fox from FG on the front cover and a variety of fable characters surrounding some print about fables on the back cover. The pamphlet itself has some history. It was published in India and sold at Uptown Drugs in Tobago of Trinidad and Tobago. The printing and paper are not of high quality. The art seems to be a combination of elements, some of which seem like traditional drawing, some like the effect of spray painting, and some like highly defined two-dimensional layers. The cover and MSA (12) may show the strange combination best. Several of the fables are new to me, e.g., The Foolish Chicken about a chick who wants to swim (2-3) and The Discontented Dog who at first wishes that he could live in the air and then wishes he could live in the water, only to learn that the birds and fishes want to live where he lives (4-5)! Twice the artist creates an unsuccessful surrounding frame for the fable: FG (8-9) and A Lion and a Bear (14-15). The alert farmer notices the wolf in sheep's clothing (10-11). In MSA, Humiliated at being laughted at, the old man threw the ass into the river (13). A Dog and a Cock (16) is the only fable just one page long. There is a T of C at the front.