James, Thomas (translator)
This book, which is in fair condition, makes it into the collection for one reason. It is an exact replica of a volume with the same bibliographical data given to me by Jerry McKevitt. But the printer of that copy had trouble with the designs on both front and back covers. He got the stork eating the frogs crooked by tilting a six-pointed star to the side. This printer gets it right! Let me repeat some of my comments made on that copy. The page edges are gilt. 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. 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.
Robert B. Collins