Gustave Dore a gorgeous recommendation from a friend in Paris
He was born in 1833 in Strasbourg France where he illustrated his first collective work in lithographs at age 11!
It was clear he was a young prodigy and was sent to Paris to begin his career as an illustrator. He died at age 51 and left a massive body of work behind including many lushly illustrated fully packed gems of books.
I particularly am fond of his illustrations of fables, of course.