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Aesop's Fables illustrated by Charles H. Bennett

 

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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.

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Let's enjoy in one fable at a time:

The wolf and the lamb

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The moral: A tyrant can always find an excuse for his tyranny.

The frog and the ox

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The moral: Not all creatures can become as great as they think.

The ass in a lion's skin

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The moral: No disguise will hide one's true character.

The lobster and his mother

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The moral: You can distinguish from others easily, just have to be boiled first.

The wolves and the sick ass

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The moral: The kindness of a legacy-hunter is apt to be killing.

The ape and her two young ones

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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)

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The moral: Borrowed feathers do not make fine birds.

The lion and the gnat

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The moral: The least of our enemies is often the most to be feared.

The fox and the crow

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The moral: Do not trust flatterers. 

The fox that was docked

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The moral: Do not listen to the advice of him who seeks to lower you to his own level.

The dog and the shadow

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The moral: It is not wise to be too greedy.

The fox and the grapes

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The moral: It's easy to despise what you cannot have.

The mole and her son

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The moral: Do not boast of things you do not have.

The cat's paw

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The moral: The flatterer seeks some benefit at your expense.

The treacherous cur

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The moral: Trust is hard-gained and easily lost. 

The dog and the wolf

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The moral: Better starve free than be a fat slave.

The dog in the manger

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The moral: People often begrudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves. 

The hare and the tortoise

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The moral: Slow and steady wins the race.

The fox and the crocodile

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The moral: Liars are caught out by their deeds. 

The ant and the grasshopper

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The moral: If you want to succeed tomorrow, you have to start working today. 

The wolf in sheep's clothing

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The moral: The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit.

The wolf and the crane

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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!