New York: Collins & Brothers, undated (c. 1860). 18.5x13cm: xviii, -224pp. Early American Edition featuring more than fifty illustrations by John Tenniel. Brown cloth boards with blindstamped decoration and titling. Gilt on spine heavily dulled. Spine sunned with bumping at head and tail. Some wear along edges and corners. Front hinge starting with a few gatherings cracked. Offsetting on pgs. 102-103 from something having been previously laid in. Very Good.
A collection of over 200 of Aesop’s Fables, freely translated “from the oldest source to which the Fable could be traced, or from its best later form in the dead languages… some are compounded out of many ancient versions, some are a collation of ancient and modern…” (Introduction). However, the book's significance lies in the wonderful illustrations provided by John Tenniel, who completed this work before his rise to prominence as the illustrator for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.