Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables illustrated by Ernest Griset interior page, detailed black and white drawing of a lion caught in a large net

Interior page of Aesop's Fables

Illustrated by Ernest Griset, Boston, 1878

Aesop's Fables

Written by Aesop

Revised and rewritten by J.B. Rundell

Illustrated by Ernest Griset

Boston, Lee and Shepard

New York, Charles T. Gillingham, 1878

6" x 8.5"

Wilson Library, University of Minnesota Libraries

Collections of the pithy morality tales attributed to Aesop, a Greek slave of the 6th century B.C., are among the earliest printed books in the West. Aesop's fables are also among the most frequently illustrated of all literary texts. The first illustrated edition, printed in Ulm in 1476, was not intended for children, and artists both outside and within the children's book world have continued to draw inspiration from the fables' nutshell narratives and unadorned wisdom.

(See also The Lion and the Mouse)


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Aesop's Fables illustrated by Ernest Griset interior page, two fables written in black ink on cream colored paper, the first is titled "The Mischievous Dog" the second is titled "The Lion and the Mouse"

Interior page of Aesop's Fables

Illustrated by Ernest Griset, Boston, 1878