Ashliman, D. L
. Barnes & Noble Books , Barnes & Noble Classics . NY ,
PA3855.E5 2005 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Barnes & Noble Classics apparently first published this book in 2003, perhaps in paperback. At first I thought this just another reprint -- and there have been many -- of Jones and Rackham's 1912 Heineman edition. This book is more than that, and my hat is off to Barnes & Noble for what they have added to that original book. The pre-title pages offer a list of nineteen well-known Aesopic proverbs. A chronology places Aesop and reports about him in time and traces key steps in the publication of fables as we know them. Ashliman's Introduction then gives a good sense of fable, its history, and its contributions. The opening T of C numbers the 284 fables that follow. Many at least of Rackham's black-and-white illustrations are included, though none of his colored illustrations. A glossary starts on 245. A helpful appendix on 249-51 gives the Aarne-Thompson Type Numbers for many fables. Further elements give a sense of some works inspired by Aesop's fables, of comments and questions on Aesop's fables, and of further reading. Last of all is an AI of the fables. All of this is hard to beat for a list-price of $7.95!