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AESOP'S FABLES: A New Version, Chiefly From Original Sources, By the Rev. Thomas James, M.A
London: John Murray, 1848. First Edition illustrated by John Tenniel, and one of Tenniel's earliest books, also the first edition of James' translation. With over 100 illustrations designed by John Tenniel, the famous illustrator of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books. 8vo, in a very fine and handsome contemporary Scottish binding of full brown morocco signed Edmonston and Douglas, the covers paneled in gilt within a wide framework executed in a vine and flower motif with Celtic knots at the corners, this around a large central arabesque centerpiece in blind, additional blind ruling at edges, the spine elaborately gilt tooled with stylized acorns and pine cones in compartments ruled in gilt between gilt stippled raised bands, one compartment gilt lettered, blind hatched board edges, gilt floral turn-ins and gilt page edges finish this wonderful binding. xxv, 232 pp. An absolutely beautiful copy, the text being near to pristine and the binding very fine and exceptionally well preserved, the lightest touch of spotting on the blanks and half-title only, otherwise essentially perfect. AN EXCELLENT RENDITION OF AESOP'S FABLES EXTENSIVELY DECORATED THROUGHOUT BY JOHN TENNIEL, ILLUSTRATOR FOR PUNCH, CHARLES DICKENS AND, MOST FAMOUSLY, 'ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND'. John Tenniel is quite possibly the most famous book illustrator of all time. His classic illustrations are instantly recognized throughout the world and have provided us with some of the most unique and charming characters to ever grace the printed page. THIS EDITION OF AESOP IS ONE OF TENNIEL'S EARLIEST WORKS, published nearly two decades before the first 'Alice'. Tenniel's drawings for the book were made into woodcuts by Leopold Martin, they grace nearly every page spread and appear as large text frames, headpieces, and within the text. These early drawings, done in the Nazarene style, display the eye for detail that would be a trademark of the artist still common in his work nearly 50 years later when he was honored as "a living national treasure" and was knighted in 1893 by Queen Victoria. This was the first time such an honour was bequeathed on an illustrator or cartoonist. This is also the first edition of Thomas James' free verse translations from both the oldest sources which could be traced and the best Continental language versions of the period. His version was especially popular in America and was printed there numerous times.
      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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