The Fables of Aesop
. Charles Scribner & Co. . NY
PA3855.E5 1868c (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is a surprise related to a surprise. It is in fact the same book published a year earlier by Edward H. Weed, which I found by surprise eight years ago. Unfortunately, this copy is in poor condition and lacks some pages. I will include some remarks from the earlier edition. My awareness of what is lacking here is not complete. This is a large-formatted book, 10¼ x 12¼. Of its one hundred and ten fables, fifty-six are illustrated. The texts seem to come from Croxall, without acknowledgement. The illustrations are ambitious, and each receives its own page. Am I wrong, or do some, like The Eagle and the Fox (17), suffer from perspective problems? Among the better illustrations may be The Lion and the Four Bulls (11); The Lion and the Other Beasts (46); WC (65); and The Cat and the Mice (72). Is the wolf that preaches to the poor fox in the well in fact a preacher (18)? The wolf in sheep's clothing is seducing a female sheep as the shepherd comes upon him (30). Animals are dressed in human garb. The illustrations in fact sometimes remind me of Bennett's work. Not in Bodemann. There is an AI and a list of illustrations at the beginning. Missing text pages include 27-32, 35-36, and 65. Missing illustrations include The Hunted Beaver (38) and The Fatal Marriage (48). I count forty-eight illustrations present. The spine of this book is all but gone, but I think that the book is still lovely!