Aesop's Fables: Complete, Original Translation from Greek
Townsend, George Fyler
. Forgotten Books , Forgottenbooks.com . Lexington, KY
PA3855.E5 T6 2007 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Welcome to the world of instantaneous online reprints! Here are about three-hundred-and-eleven fables on 18 through 331, each starting on a new page. Two of the fables take two pages each. The volume presents several curiosities to the fable book collector. First, the verso of the title-page declares First published 1887. I have early Townsend editions from 1867 and 1868 and would be curious just which book they have reproduced, but I find no indication of publisher or even of the exact title of the original book. Secondly, I have something like fifty-seven editions with the Townsend versions of Aesop, many of them most likely done in the 1880's. The mainline editions among these present either three hundred or three-hundred-and-fifty fables. How do we come up here with a figure in between those two? The third curiosity is that the final page gives as the date of printing 20 February 2010. The Amazon slip included with this and two other books lists as the date of shipping February 20, 2010. The book was printed the day it was shipped! The fourth curiosity is that the page after the title-page advertises You can read any and all of our 'thousands' of books online for 'free.' Just visit forgottenbooks.com. I visited forgottenbooks.com and was invited to become a member for a price in order to read the thousands of books online. This edition does not include the illustrations that were typically done with the many Townsend editions. The book adds a Publisher's Preface about Aesop and about fables, both taken from Wikipedia.com. We are in a whole new world here! If I had revised either Wikipedia article, could I have been published immediately?