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)