Friday, September 3, 2010

Illustrated: Bubo et Aves

M0460 - M0461 - M0462
461. Bubo et Aves. Aquila in concilio avium dixerat ceterarum avium filios, qui magis formosi essent, in aulicos eligere. Et, cum certatim quaeque suos efferret, bubo “Regina,” inquit, “nostra, meos accipe, qui ceteros pulchritudine superant.” “Qua forma,” inquit aquila, “sunt filii tui?” “Qua ego sum,” bubo respondit. Tunc cunctae aves sunt vehementi cachinno commotae.

Aquila et Noctua

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Grandville images. This is actually an image for a different fable (the story of the pact of friendship between the owl and the eagle), but it fits this fable, too!

M0461 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 114. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. For another fable about the owl’s pride in her chicks, see #462. Compare the ugly children of the toad, #613, or the monkey, #107.