Aesop's Fables Illustrated
. Samuel R. Wells . NY ,
PZ8.2.A254 1868 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I have had copies of this little book dated to 1870 and 1870/73. Now I have here a copy, in very good condition, which its seller proclaims as a first edition. It is dated 1868 and inscribed at Christmas that year by Richard Moore Winfield. This work features very small print. AI at the beginning and a list of the fifty-five illustrations. It seems to me that what we have here are copies of Tenniel's (not Wolfe's) work. They are now often signed by the engraver (e.g., Felter, Howland, or Orr). The binding is beginning to give way after all these years. As in the other copies, Wells' advertisements at the back of the book are strong on phrenology.