Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE BALD HORSEMAN
There was a bald horseman who used to attach a wig to his head, wearing other
people's hair on his own bald pate. One day he came to Mars Field, making a
great show of himself in his splendid armour. He then began to turn his horse
in manoeuvres, easily guiding him with the bridle. At that very moment, the
blasts of the North Wind blew against him and made his head a source of laughter
for all of the on-lookers: the wig was torn aside, revealing the gleam of his
bald head, which was an entirely different colour from the hair that had been
there before. But the fellow was quick-witted, and when he saw that he was being
laughed at by thousands of people, he ingeniously deflected this public derision
by making a joke. 'It's no surprise that the wig that was put there ran away,'
he said, 'since my natural born hair already deserted me once before!'
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 375: Gibbs (Oxford) 579 [English]
Perry 375: Townsend 157 [English]
Perry 375: Chambry 343 [Greek]
Perry 375: Avianus 10 [Latin]
You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his
edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library
(Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested
in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.