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Aesop’s Fables – Ernest Griset (1878)

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Aesop’s Fables – Ernest Griset (1878)

S$168.00

Title: Aesop’s Fables

Author: Croxall, La Fontaine, L’Estrange, Ernest Griset (illus)

Publisher: Cassell Petter & Galpin. No date, prize plate indicates 1878. Most probably 2nd Griset edition.

Condition: Decorative cloth, front hinge starting and repaired, but webbing slight visible. Sporadic foxing throughout. Cover bright. Collated, complete with all plates present. Beautiful illustrations.

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Tradition has it that Aesop was a freed Phrygian slave living in the 6th century BC, making this the world’s oldest collection of stories. Originally orally transmitted, there are over 300 fables, many of which have become proverbial to us – ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’, ‘The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ for example.

According to Life of Aesop (an ancient account), Aesop was born an ugly mute slave, but was granted the power to speak and craft fables in return for his generosity to one of the attendants of the goddess Isis.