Well-Known Fables Set to Music, For Voice or Piano (Inside title: Well-Known Fables Set to Music, Vocal or Instrumental)
Spaulding, George L
. Theo. Presser Co. . Philadelphia
M1378.S73 1908 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a treasure! I have often wondered if such a book exists, and now I have found it twice within three months! My good copy has a cover picturing FG, while the copy from Evelyn Maloney has lost its cover. There is irony in the cost of this publication: the good copy cost me $2, while the extra had cost over $58! The original cost $.75! The first four large-format (12¼ x 9½) pages present, in two columns, the texts of sixteen fables according to Jacobs' version, complete with his moral. All but one have a small black-and-white illustration. The illustrations are taken from Weir, Heighway, Griset, and someone working after Doré. Then follows an AI on 3, followed by the musical rendition of each fable, with the same moral put in quotation marks above the music at the top of the page. Moore's texts are rhymed. The fables put to music here are BS, CP, DS, The Fox and the Cat, FG, OF, FK, GGE, BF, LM, MSA, MM, The Miser and His Gold, The Swallow and the Other Birds, SW, and WSC. Because the good copy shows some crayoning and pencilling, I will keep both copies in the collection.