The Fables of Aesop
Townsend, George Fyler
. Frederick Warne and Co. . London
PA3855.E5 C7 1866a (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One of two very curious books sent together; compare it with The Fables of Aesop from Warne for whose printing date I have guessed the same year. That edition adds fifty fables but no illustrations to the 110 fables here; it also mentions l'Estrange with Croxall and L. Valentine with Townsend. This edition in a nice red-and-gilt binding is slightly mottled but in good condition otherwise. The edition does indeed have the same narrative texts as my 1863 Croxall but different applications. I tried to check next whether the applications and morals here match those in Townsend's other work. A quick check reveals that there are no applications in Townsend's editions of 300 and 350 fables. One moral I have found is close to the one found in those editions: where the 350 edition has Don't make much ado about nothing, this edition has Do not make much ado about nothing. I hope someday to be able to place this edition in Townsend's development: did he work first on morals and applications to Croxall's fables and then move into translating fables for himself? Unfortunately, neither Hobbs nor Quinnam seems to mention Townsend.