James, Thomas (translator)
. Robert B. Collins . NY
PA3855.E5 J36 1848g (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Each of these seems a larger edition of my 1848/48? edition by a firm that somehow either included or excluded a brother! The address is also changed. The red and black covers of these beautiful books add gold to the embossed pattern used on that edition; the red also turns it thirty degrees to the left. These books add a strange pre-title page, which Lindseth says is hand-colored. The plates are the same, but the pages have bigger margins. The superior paper here helps the illustrations. The page edges are gilt. Lindseth gives the date for these editions as 1848 and writes that they are the first American edition. The original London 1848 James/Tenniel, published by John Murray, includes over one hundred illustrations. Compare with the later Porter and Coates (1848/80?) editions, which use the same plates after the title page. All of these have only two of the six plates for MSA. The black book is in better condition internally, while the red book has a better spine. What great gifts! The Barnes copy is missing not only its covers but the pre-title page, the last five fables, and the index.