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Fables of Aesop
     

Fables of Aesop

by Alexander Calder (Illustrator)
 

This Dover volume brings into general circulation for the first time a rare edition of Aesop's Fables issued in Paris in 1931 and limited to only 665 copies. The book combines the 1692 translation of the Fables by English journalist Sir Roger L'Estrange with 50 drawings created especially as illustration for the tales by American sculptor, painter,

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This Dover volume brings into general circulation for the first time a rare edition of Aesop's Fables issued in Paris in 1931 and limited to only 665 copies. The book combines the 1692 translation of the Fables by English journalist Sir Roger L'Estrange with 50 drawings created especially as illustration for the tales by American sculptor, painter, and illustrator Alexander Calder.
L'Estrange's 17th-century rendering of the fables is a delight to read, judged by The Cambridge History of English Literature "the best that we have." Calder's art needs no special introduction: his widely displayed "mobiles" and "stabiles" have won him international popularity. The drawings Calder executed for this book rank among his most imaginative creations.
Two hundred and one of the traditional fables are narrated here, including such all-time favorites as "A Hare and a Tortoise," "A Fox and Grapes," "A Lyoness and a Fox," "A City Mouse and a Country Mouse," "A Swallow and a Crow," and "A Fox and a Raven." An entertaining volume for general readers, prized by literature students and art lovers alike, this is a book that should appeal to practically everybody.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This British husband-and-wife team has gleaned more than a hundred of the ancient storyteller's fables for this beguiling compendium. Well-known entries (e.g., "The Tortoise and the Hare"; "The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs") are presented cheek-by-jowl with lesser-known offerings ("The Bald Knight"; "The Crab and Her Baby"). As explained in a detailed foreword, the retellings are served up much as Aesop might have told them, unadorned by the cliched moral epigrams that have come to be attached to his tales over the centuries. The abundant illustrations invite browsing as well as close reading: the pages are peppered with droll black-and-white sketches as well as energetic full-color watercolors. A table of contents and title index are useful additions. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This is a gathering of more than 100 fables that have been part of oral and written storytelling for twenty-five centuries. Liberally illustrated with pen and ink drawings and full color paintings, this title would make a worthwhile addition to any fairy tale or folk tale collection.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Just a few facts are known about the man, Aesop, born into slavery on a Greek Island around 600 BC. From his legacy of animal tales, it is clear that he possessed great wit, a sense of irony, fairness and unparalleled imagination. Here, over two hundred timeless lessons are collected. Trimmed with jaunty sketches, in color and black and white, these brief studies in human foibles teach and entertain. Aesop made his point with few words, so the tales are brief. Most contain the moral in the final sentence, although some lessons are left for the reader to deduce.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-Containing over 100 fables attributed to Aesop, this is one of the most comprehensive collections to be published since the classic V.S. Vernon Jones's edition, which appeared in 1912. It contains obscure but interesting selections such as ``The Oak and the Reed'' and ``The Mice and the Weasels at War'' in addition to well-known favorites. The retellings are brief and do away with the stated morals. They are loosely arranged according to main characters, e.g., fables about mice are grouped together. A collector's note and information about Aesop are also included. Like Arthur Rackham, whose illustrations accompany the Vernon Jones compilation, Rowan Barnes-Murphy has chosen to alternate pen-and-ink line drawings with larger, full-color paintings. His numerous pictures are accomplished and capture the essence of each animal and human in the manner of a caricature. While the ink-and-watercolor artwork is effective, Barnes-Murphy seems to be most at home with the black-and-white line drawings. Overall, this oversized volume makes a worthwhile addition to folklore collections.-Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486217802
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
06/01/1967
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
5 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

A pioneering American sculptor and artist, Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is best known for his invention of the mobile. His playful sense of humor is evident throughout his works, which range from jewelry and toys to tiny, matchbox-sized wire sculptures and grand 70-foot steel sculptures that grace plazas throughout the world. 

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