. Printed and published by W. Milns . NY
PR1195.F3 S4 1797 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a curious compilation of fables. The T of C facing the title-page has as its first heading Fables by Different Hands. These run for some 115 pages. They are a mix of prose and verse and of traditional fable stuff and -- often ingenious -- new creations. I am happy to recognize a number of reworkings of traditional fables, taken for example from La Fontaine. Moore's Fables begin on 116 and carry through the end of the first volume on 184. Without any break Gay's Fables begin on a new Page 1 and run through 131. The second part of Gay's fables begins on 73. The T of C represents Gay's fables only through 79; apparently a further T of C page is missing. The book has considerable foxing. Someone has done a fair amount of mathematics on the front endpapers. The book is inscribed at its front by P.G Benson of Aurora, IL. An image on the title-page shows Aesop shining a mirror's light on a seated woman. Animals surround Aesop. Leather binding. The front cover is splitting off from the spine. It is unusual that a genuinely old and rare book like this one shows up on eBay!