Seven centuries of fables

Now on display in Special Collections’ lobby is an assortment of printed versions of Aesop’s fables, from the 1400’s to the 2000’s.  The books include Greek scholarly texts, verse translations, and adaptations for children.  The majority are illustrated and range in style from crude woodcuts to detailed engravings and linocuts.  Represented illustrators include John Ogilby, Walter Crane, and Eric Carle (who is perhaps best known for his children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar).  This small exhibit provides an interesting look at the history of a text and how it has been interpreted over seven centuries, through the mediums of  translation, typography, and illustration.  The last day to view the exhibit is November 9, 2010.

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