"Some of Aesop's Fables, with
shewn in designs by Randolph Caldecott".
The Fable below, one of 20 in the book, is -
The Fox without a Tail
A FOX had had his tail docked off in a trap, and in his disgrace began to think his life not worth living.
It therefore occurred to him that the best thing he could do was to bring the other Foxes into the same condition, and so conceal his own deficiency in the general distress.
Having assembled them all together he recommended them to cut off their tails, declaring that a tail was an ungraceful thing; and, further, was a heavy appendage, and quite superfluous.
To this one of them rejoined: “My good friend, if this had not been to your own advantage you would never have advised us to do it.”
To read about Randolph's brother Alfred, who provided the text used in the Fables, and to see
Randolph's cartoon of the co-producers, click here.