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Aesop; Thomas James, trans.; & John Tenniel, illus.  Aesop's fables: A new version, chiefly from original sources. London: John Murray, 1848. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). [1] f., xxv, 232 pp. (without the publisher's advertisment pages).

First edition of the Thomas James translation of the fables, and the first edition ever of them with Tenniel's illustrations. James (1809–63) translated the stories via a non-traditional method which he explains in the introduction. Tenniel (1820–1914) designed the => more than 100 in-text illustrations and also the wood-engraved additional title-page often mistakenly described as a plate.
        Binding: Full dark green levant morocco, round spine with five raised bands and spine gilt extra with a rose-briar motif in five of the six panels, title gilt in the sixth. Gilt double rule on board edges, gilt roseate tooling of spine repeated at corners with variation; wide turn-ins tooled with gilt rules and rose-spring corner devices of covers repeated in yet another variation. Exotic endpapers in mottled and muted colors. => Most of the original cloth of the front and rear boards and spine of the publisher's binding reserved and bound in at the rear. Top edge gilt. => Binding signed by Worsfold.
        Provenance: Small stamp on verso of the front free endpaper of G.P. Putnam's and Sons (bookstore).

Bound as above, spine sunned to dark olive brown. Some expert relining of inner margins of a few leaves and toning to a few pages; first signature loosening and closed internal rent in text area of pp. v/ vi. 12 pages of publisher's advertisements not preserved here. => A most handsome volume.  (38147)   Please RESHELVE This.

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