The Marvelous Library, No. 45: Aesop's Fables
. Franklin News Company . Philadelphia, PA
PA3855.E5 J36 1886 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a curious piece of preserved ephemera. It is a 16-page oversized (8¼ x 11?) pamphlet with a thread binding. After its masthead -- including a single number price of five cents -- and a title, Aesop's Fables, there is a long three-column series of Thomas James' 1848 fables and morals. Nothing but page headers and numbers relieves the series! My estimate would be that there are some 160 fables presented here. The back cover features advertisements for only two things: Ziegler and Company Publishers and Franklin News Company, which have the same address in Philadelphia. My, where Aesop does not show up!