The fable of “The Lion and the Man,” another fable about lions by Godwin. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection

 
 

Godwin’s fable of “The Lion and the Mouse.” NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection

 
 

Illustration from the fable of “The Lion and Other Beasts Hunting,” which showed Godwin’s take on tyranny, as represented by a greedy lion. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection

 
 

The fable of “The Fox Without a Tail,” from Croxall’s fables. Older editions like this one were wordier than Godwin’s. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection

 
 

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This version of the fable “The Fox and the Crow,” adapted by Samuel Croxall (d. 1752), preceded William Godwin’s 1807 adaptation of Aesopian fables. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection

 
 

The fable of “The Horse-Dung and the Apples,” from William Godwin’s Fables. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection

 
 

Title page from Fables Ancient and Modern (1807), written by William Godwin under pseudonym Edward Baldwin, Esq., illustrated by William Mulready. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection

 
 

Portrait photograph of W.E.B. Du Bois, ca. 1940s. Schomburg Center, Photographs and Prints Division