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Aesop. James, Thomas, editor.
Aesop's Fables: A New Version, Chiefly from Original Sources.
1848. London: John Murray, 1848. 8vo, xxv, (1, fly-title), 1-232, (12, ads)pp. With a pictorial title-page and illustrations throughout by Tenniel. Original blue/green cloth stamped in gilt on the upper cover and backstrip. Very good, with gift inscription in ink on the front free endaper "Fanny Faithorne by her Father and Mother 1848". § First edition, not a rare book but a very attractive copy of with lovely illustrations. "This book was the first illustrated entirely by John Tenniel [1820-1914] and marked a turning point in his career. Tenniel had been introduced to John Murray by Leopold Martin and Murray asked him to provide all the drawings for a revised edition of Aesop. Tenniel based his drawings on his early sketches of animals in London's Zoo. 'The book sold well, and only when a new edition was compiled in 1851 did Tenniel make the necessary corrections [to the anatomy] to his animal drawings to harmonize with the twenty new cuts added by the accomplished bird and animal painter Joseph Wolf'. One particular design of flying beasts from hawks to bats [see p. 133] caught the eye of Lewis Carroll and convinced him Tenniel would be suitable for his Alice illustrations. Mark Lemon, the editor of Punch was also shown the drawings and asked Tenniel to join his group of artists." Engen, Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers, pp.24-26.
Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller [U.S.A.]

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