Aesop's Fables with Instructive Morals and reflections, abstracted from all party considerations, adapted to all capacities: and design'd to promote religion, morality, and universal benevolence
. Gale ECCO Print Edition , J. Osborn, Junior/Gale Ecco . London/La Vergne, TN
PA3855.E5 2010c (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a good publish-on-demand printing of apparently the most original of the Samuel Richardson editions. Ecco says the title-page is engraved Published November 20, 1739. Bodemann #131.1 is their first copy, printed in 1749, but they indicate a first copy done in 1740. Both have Osborn(e) as publisher. As I comment on my earliest copy of Richardson, notice Richardson's attempt, even on the title page, to avoid the factionalism that surrounded l'Estrange, Croxall, and others. Richard himself finds two English editions worthy of notice: l'Estrange and Croxall. At the end of the preface (xii-xiii), there are lists of fables from l'Estrange not included here, of fables given new morals or reflections, and of fables altered from the l'Estrange version. A life of Aesop and an alphabetical index follow, still before the fables. Morals and Reflections are presented separately from each other, though sometimes two fables are handled together and share both of the above. The illustrations are simple in design and execution. They differ apparently from the illustrations, six to a page, in Lessing's translation of Richardson in 1757. Depictions of lions and of frogs are particularly haphazard (117, 155, 156, 158). The miller throws his ass into the water (#226)!