Well-Known Fables Set to Music Vocal or Instrumental
Spaulding, George L
. Theo. Presser Co. . Philadelphia
Aesop et al
M1378.S73 1908 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop et al
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I already have two copies of an earlier edition of this work, but I feel justified in adding a new entry since the price has changed. The earlier two copies both had, apparently, 50 cents printed on the title-page. The better copy has a sticker 75 cents pasted over that. Now here is a still better copy, and its printed price is 75 cents. I will excerpt some comments from there and then add a new comment. Here is a treasure! This is a large-format 32-page stapled pamphlet. 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. Each fable then gets a one-page or two-page spread with piano music and verse lyrics. 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. The lyrics for the first fable, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, run this way:/ Now the wolf was hungry and wanted a meal,/ But he found the sheep this time harder to steal,/ And the shepherd dogs did not help his ordeal,/ So he felt he was doomed to defeat./ Then he came upon an old sheep hide,/ That some farmer's wife had cast aside,/ With this on his back and the field very wide/ He soon had a young lamb to eat.