Aesop's Fables: A New Version Chiefly from the Original Sources. Forty-Eighth Thousand.
. John Murray . London
PA3855.E5 J36 1863 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Here I think I have an early copy of Wolf's revision of Tenniel's work. Somewhere I have learned that Tenniel's original 1848 work published by Murray apparently got such a negative response that, before reissuing it (in 1851?), the publisher asked Joseph Wolf to create replacements for many of the engravings, and Tenniel himself revised some of the others. I do note that this book says nothing about Wolf, but the illustrations are sometimes radically different from those I find in my Murray editions of both 1848 and 1852. (Thus I wonder about the supposed 1851 dating of Wolf's revisions, since my 1852 edition seems faithful to Tenniel's original illustrations.) In fact, this 1863 edition is very close to that 1852 edition in size and format. Both present, apparently, as many illustrations as the 1848 original had presented. Because the two editions have exactly the same pagination but sometimes different illustrations, they make for wonderful comparative work. Some illustrations seem untouched (The Fox and the Goat, The Dog Invited to Supper, MSA), while others are changed quite drastically (FG, WC, FS). What Wolf loses, I believe, is the strong sense of dimensionality Tenniel achieved by the intensity of black: the best of Tenniel leaps off of the page, and Wolf's work does not leap! Consult my 1995 The Fables of Aesop from the QPBC for extensive comment on the movement from Tenniel to Wolf. Limp cloth covers. There is a pre-title-page illustration of Aesop teaching a small crowd, followed by James' introduction, a list of illustrations, the fables, and an AI.