1863 One Hundred Picture Fables
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Fine Binding, Illustrated, Limited Edition, Rebound, Scarce
A scarce work. Rebound in a half calf binding, with professional repairs to multiple pages throughout. 'One Hundred Picture Fables' is a collection of fables about animals, following in the belief that children are naturally interested in animal creation. Some fables included in this collection are 'The Boy and the Squirrel', 'Boy and Puppy', 'Dog and Cat', 'Ham and Sausage', and 'Child and Dove'. Written originally in German by F. Hey, here translated into English by H. W. Dulcken. Hey was a German pastor and writer of fables and songs. Dulcken was a translator and children's writer, best known for his translations of the classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrations by Otto Speckter, engraved by Brothers Dalziel. Speckter was a German etcher who illustrated many fairy tales and fables. Dalziel were two brothers, George and Edward, who founded a prolific engraving business in London. They worked for many important artists, and illustrated editions of 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking-Glass'. Illustrated throughout.
Rebound in a half calf binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, smart. Minor shelfwear to the boards. Very light rubbing to the joints. Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Label to the front pastedown, '338'. Hinges are starting but firm, and have been reinforced with tape by a prior owner. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front free endpaper, 'Georgie Noble from his affectionate uncle & aunt, J. M... G Brunnel 21 January 1864'. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright with scattered spots. Multiple pages have had their chips professionally repaired with an additional leaf adhered. Very small puncture marks to pages 39/40.
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