Aesop's Fables illustrated by Charles H. Bennett
A selection of legendary tales written by Aesop, published in 1875 by Chatto & Windus. We are dealing with 22 fables altogether, each with a moral and one illustration signed by Charles H. Bennett (1829-1867). Illustrations were drawn directly on wood and engraved by legendary engraver Joseph Swain (1820-1909). As you can see, all pictures were hand-colored by unsigned artist, what makes this old picture book especially attractive.
Let's enjoy in one fable at a time:
The wolf and the lamb
The moral: A tyrant can always find an excuse for his tyranny.
The frog and the ox
The moral: Not all creatures can become as great as they think.
The ass in a lion's skin
The moral: No disguise will hide one's true character.
The lobster and his mother
The moral: You can distinguish from others easily, just have to be boiled first.
The wolves and the sick ass
The moral: The kindness of a legacy-hunter is apt to be killing.
The ape and her two young ones
The moral: A plant may thrive better by the roadside than in a hot-house here a Fool is a gardener.
The daw in borrowed plumes
(aka: The bird in borrowed feathers)
The moral: Borrowed feathers do not make fine birds.
The lion and the gnat
The moral: The least of our enemies is often the most to be feared.
The fox and the crow
The moral: Do not trust flatterers.
The fox that was docked
The moral: Do not listen to the advice of him who seeks to lower you to his own level.
The dog and the shadow
The moral: It is not wise to be too greedy.
The fox and the grapes
The moral: It's easy to despise what you cannot have.
The mole and her son
The moral: Do not boast of things you do not have.
The cat's paw
The moral: The flatterer seeks some benefit at your expense.
The treacherous cur
The moral: Trust is hard-gained and easily lost.
The dog and the wolf
The moral: Better starve free than be a fat slave.
The dog in the manger
The moral: People often begrudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
The hare and the tortoise
The moral: Slow and steady wins the race.
The fox and the crocodile
The moral: Liars are caught out by their deeds.
The ant and the grasshopper
The moral: If you want to succeed tomorrow, you have to start working today.
The wolf in sheep's clothing
The moral: The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit.
The wolf and the crane
The moral: Expect no reward for serving the wicked.
This was a selection of 22 fables mostly attributed to Aesop. If you wish to read more fables, there are hundreds and hundreds of them available on-line. Here is a list. Enjoy learning!