Le più Belle Fiabe di La Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
This large-format children's book includes a great number of fables in its 195 pages. It pushes the limits of the no frills book. There are forty-three full-page illustrations featuring loud and even garish colors. All the characters have dreamy eyes. All the illustrations are found on the right-hand pages. The simple character of the art may sometimes lead to humor, perhaps not intended. Such is the case with the turtle suspended in mid air after he has talked and so let go of the stick on 107. He looks almost like a rocket taking off. The back of the title-page gives this very limited bibliographical information: ©1993 FME; ©1997 Editoriale Zeus; ©1997 Libritalia. The cover adds EuroLibri, and the last page declares Stampato in Italia. Otherwise there are only texts, almost all on one page each, with an italicized moral at the page bottom. On 193-95 is Come e nata una favola. FS is on the front cover, and a list of fables on the back cover. The endpapers feature a dreamy castle's towers in the midst of a starlit night. I found it on my first night in Venice in the back room of a pension that declared itself the best bookshop in Venice. The back room let out directly onto a canal.