LA FONTAINE, JEAN DE. 1621-1695. Contes et nouvelles en vers. Paris: Didot l'ainé, 1795.

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LA FONTAINE, JEAN DE. 1621-1695.
Contes et nouvelles en vers. Paris: Didot l'ainé, 1795.

Sold for US$ 4,462 inc. premium
LA FONTAINE, JEAN DE. 1621-1695.
Contes et nouvelles en vers. Paris: Didot l'ainé, 1795.
2 volumes, large 4to (323 x 240 mm). Engraved title vignette, 20 engraved plates after Fragonard and others all in two states before letters. Contemporary red morocco, some light wear to joints and edges, some scattered staining mostly to text.
Provenance: Cortlandt Bishop (morocco bookplate); Mary S. Collins (bookplate).

This beautiful edition was intended to have been illustrated with eighty plates after designs by Fragonard. According to Cohen-De-Ricci the publication of the plates was cut short by the French Revolution which limited the number of subscribers. Ray believes that it was difficult to obtain illustrations by Fragonard. Cohen-De Ricci 574; Ray French 77.


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