Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
132. Mercury and the Sculptor (Perry
MERCURY ONCE DETERMINED to learn in what esteem he was held among mortals.
For this purpose he assumed the character of a man and visited in this
disguise a Sculptor's studio having looked at various statues, he demanded
the price of two figures of Jupiter and Juno. When the sum at which they
were valued was named, he pointed to a figure of himself, saying to the
Sculptor, 'You will certainly want much more for this, as it is the statue
of the Messenger of the Gods, and author of all your gain.' The Sculptor
replied, 'Well, if you will buy these, I'll fling you that into the bargain.'
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google