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Fables From Aesop - Retold by James Reeves

Blackie, 1961, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with short closed tears to the head of the upper panel and spotting to the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “Nobody knows for certain who made up Aesop’s Fables. Whether there ever lived, as we are told, a slave in Greece with the name of Aesop, we shall never know. It seems probable that such a man did exist two thousand five hundred years ago, and that he gained a reputation as a teller of fables. These were so popular that they circulated widely, and many were added which were certainly not the work of Aesop. There are other legends about this remarkable slave: some say that he was freed and went to live at the court of King Croesus; others that he was killed by the inhabitants of Delphos, who were angered by him and threw him over a cliff. Another tradition has it that he was ugly and deformed. All this is pure guesswork. We can be fairly certain that Aesop’s fables are what we call folk tales, handed down among humble people for many generations before they were written in books. Why have people delighted to hear and repeat these fables for over two thousand years? In the first place, they are clear and simple and easy to remember. Secondly they are wise and sensible, and we see at once that they are true. True to what? They are true to humanity because, although they are mostly about animals, Aesop’s animals represent different sides of human nature.”
Illustrator: Maurice Wilson
Size: 9" x 6"
Number of Pages: 124

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