James, Thomas (translator)
. Robert B. Collins . NY
PA3855.E5 J36 1848m (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is yet a third version of what may be the first American edition of the Tenniel and James book. Earlier I had found versions with black and red embossed covers. This version has a plainer brown cloth cover. Only the title Fables of Aesop is embossed on the spine. The elaborate golden pictures on covers and spine in the red and black copies are not here. The strange pre-title page is not hand-colored here, as it is in those other two copies; for color it has only a yellow background. The page-edges do not seem to be gilt here. Otherwise this version seems identical. I will include some of my comments from there. My favorite private collector 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. All of these have only two of the six plates for MSA. There is a one-inch chip missing from the bottom of the spine.