The Fables of Aesop | Translated by Samuel Croxall and Sir Robert L'Estrange
'A fable is a story in which the characters are either human beings, animals or inanimate objects. Whichever they may be they speak with human interests and motives. The fable, like the parable, has a second meaning underlying the story. And in these fables that meaning is expressed in the "moral" and the "application''
La Fontaine, the great French writer of fables, calls the "moral" the soul, and the story the body.
No pains have been spared in the preparation of this edition. Fifty additional fables alongside Aesop's, have been selected from Sir Roger L'Estrange's translation of Aesop have been added.
The obsolete style of writing has been modified, with new and more explicit morals and applications. We hope this new edition of Aesop will still further popularize the profound truths, sound wisdom and the fruits of ripe experience that are to be found in these world-famous fables.'
Estimated publishing year of 1947