Welcome to Aesop's Books!

Welcome to Aesop's Books, a blog where you can find illustrated fables in English and learn about full-text Aesop books online. As of June 19 2017, there are 40 books in the Book Library and over 650 illustrated fables in the Fable Library, representing about 300 different fables so far. See below for more information about the Books and about the Fable Types.

Random Fables. Each time you refresh this page, you will see a random fable illustration (here) and also a random illustration with the fable text (at the bottom of the post). To find out more about the random items you see, click on the "more info" link.


The fables with texts come from the following books which you can browse here at this blog, and I'll be adding new books as the summer progress. Here are my top ten favorites, arranged by year of publication:
  1. Fables of Aesop and Others, Translated into Human Nature by Charles H. Bennett, published in 1857. The fables in this book are sharply satirical, and the illustrations are remarkable examples of animals-as-humans.
  2. Some of Aesop's Fables with illustrations by Randolph Caldecott, and an English text by Alfred Caldecott, as published in 1883. And yes, this is the same Randolph Caldecott as in the Caldecott Medal awarded for "the most distinguished American picture book for children" published each year.
  3. The Baby's Own Aesop, with limericks by W. J. Linton and illustrations by Walter Crane, published in 1887. Walter Crane was one of the most brilliant book illustrators of the 19th century, and his book belongs among his masterpieces.
  4. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by Richard Heighway, published in 1894. Joseph Jacobs was one of the foremost Aesop scholars of the 19th century.
  5. A Hundred Fables of La Fontaine with illustrations by Percy J. Billinghurst, published in 1900. The English text is from Elizur Wright's verse translation of La Fontaine.
  6. Aesop's Fables with illustrations by J. M. Conde, published in 1905; the text is an adaptation of the Townsend translation. I have only included the color illustrations; later on, I need to go back and grab the black-and-white illustrations also.
  7. The Fables of Aesop illustrated by Edward Julius Detmold and published in 1909. Detmold's illustrations are gorgeous!
  8. Aesop's Fables by V. S. Vernon Jones, with illustrations by the ever-wonderful Arthur Rackham, published in 1912. You will find both color and black-and-white illustrations here.
  9. Book of Fables and Folk Stories by Horace Scudder as published in 1919. The artist is not credited, but the illustrations are new to this edition of Scudder's old stand-by, and they are very nice. You will also find some classic fairy tales in this book in addition to the fables.
  10. The Herford Aesop, written and illustrated by Oliver Herford, and published in 1921. Herford's verses are very charming!
To learn what other books I am working on, see the sidebar of the blog.


At the bottom of each fable post you will see an index link, with either a Perry fable number, or a number from my own Mille Fabulae et Una fable collection, or an "Other" number (for fables not in Perry and not in my Latin collection).

To see more versions of the fable, just click on that index link! There is also a list in the sidebar of the fables for which I have the largest number of versions so far, and here is the complete Fable Type Index.

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