Fables Choisies Mises en Vers, Tome Seconde
Jean de La Fontaine
I feel very lucky to have come across this pair of volumes and to have got them without a big contest on eBay. The title-page includes, of course, "An 5e" besides "1797." Blanchard signs each of the plates. There are nine pages of illustrations, two to a page. They can be found facing 3, 64, 107, 109, 121, 129, 135, 144, and 155. I thus seem to find two more pages of illustrations than Metzner did. One page balances its two illustrations nicely (3). Another gives two phases of "The Crow, Turtle, Rat, and Gazelle" (129). Among the best illustrations are "The Cat and Two Birds" (107) and "Two Goats" (109). Best of all may be "The Horse and the Wolf" (135). Metzner rightly characterizes the illustrations as following Chauveau and Oudry. Small work and frequently nice. 3½" x 5¼".