Fables Choisies Mises en Vers
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. After the frontispiece portrait, there are eight pages of illustrations, two to a page. They can be found facing 41, 51, 72, 99, 140, 153, 169, and 183. Among the best are "The Lion Defeated by a Man" and FG (99); DLS and "The Lion and the Hunter" (153); "The Horse and the Ass" (169); and MM and "Two Cocks" (183). Metzner describes, I believe, a later 1801 printing. He rightly characterizes the illustrations as following Chauveau and Oudry. Small work and frequently nice. 3½" x 5¼".