Fables de Jean de La Fontaine I
This is a beautiful French-style-paperback edition of La Fontaine's fables. This first volume contains La Fontaine's first six books of fables, beautifully printed. The black of the texts is beautifully matched by the reddish brown of the titles and page numbers. This book represents three surprises for me. First, I ordered it four months ago and have heard nothing since. I sent several emails recently and had down on my to do list to call the bookseller to press my case. Secondly, I am surprised at the date of publication, found only at the end of the second volume. How many books were being printed in Europe in 1944? Were the Swiss able to go on with business as usual? The third surprise is a disappointment. I have loved Skira art books for a long time. When I was a student, they were lovely small, reasonably priced editions with wonderful colored reproductions. When I saw an Éditions d'Art Albert Skira edition of La Fontaine available, I assumed that it would be illustrated. I was wrong. Still, I am happy to have such a beautifully produced book of texts.
Éditions d'Art Albert Skira