Fables de La Fontaine.
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Here is a curious addition to the collection. Everything from its frontispiece to its table closing on 393 is the same as in three copies already in the collection. There are two crucial differences from all three of those: the title page here lists, after "Ancienne Librairie Furne" "Combet & Cie, Éditeurs." Two of the others, similarly not dated, have "Jouvet & Cie, Éditeurs" at the same address as this present copy. The third has "Furne & Cie, Éditeurs," a different address, and a date on the title-page of 1855. Jouvet seems to have replaced Combet or vice versa at the address 5, Rue Palatine. The printer for the two Jouvet volumes is the same (Typographie Magasin Pittoresque" but is different both in Combet ("Typographie Firmin-Didot") and in Furne ("Imprimerie de J. Claye"). Bassy 37t praises the editor's job in putting together the eight plates by Johannot with four by Moreau le Jeune (for I, 22; II, 9; VI, 13; and VII, 10). For me, the best of the illustrations are "Les Femmes et le Secret" (200), "Le Mari, la Femme et le Voleur" (253), and "Le Thésauriseur et le Singe" (314). Johannot sometimes may tend to be a little precious. There is also a frontispiece portrait of La Fontaine, the artist for which is not indicated. This edition seems to be totally identical with Bodemann #282.3, published in 1853, except that that edition is listed as coming from "Furne," not "Combet." Otherwise the description checks out exactly. In 1858, the company was "Furne, Combet & Cie."