The Fabulator or the Hall of Aesop being a Selection of Fables in Prose and Verse from the most esteemed Authors
. Printed for H.D. Symonds . London
PN982.H6 1820 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Not in Bodemann. H.D. Symonds of 20 Paternoster Row seems to be a famous publisher of books in the early nineteenth century. This is a handy little volume (3½ x 5½) in surprisingly good shape. I find only two illustrations: a frontispiece, Fable Decorating Truth, and an illustration of a figure (Aesop?) writing in the midst of nature. I count 103 fables in the beginning AI. There is a surprising array of authors, including Epictetus. No French authors, not even La Fontaine, are represented. Just about everything but the fables by Aesop seems to be in verse. This book may be a helpful piece of evidence for getting a sense of what people thought a fable was in the early nineteenth century. 212 pages. Marbled boards.