La Fontaine: Fables choisies mises en vers.

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Couton, Georges
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1962
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Here is the 1979 printing of Garnier's standard La Fontaine text, copyrighted in 1962. The covers present a colored triptych of Grandville: "The Cat as a Bag" (front cover); OF (spine); and the frontispiece (back cover). I also have the 1972 and 1975 printings. As I wrote of the 1972 version, this is a beautiful, compact, sturdy little book. There is lots of help for the reader here, including at the front a history of fables and of editions, including a short section on illustrated editions. At the back there are notes, an AI of fables, and a table of illustrations. This last table is especially helpful because the thirty-two illustrations form something of a museum tour of the (older) French fable tradition in visual art. My favorites among these are: the title-page from the 1631 edition by Baudoin (viii); the two Oudry tapestries (54 and 62), which are quite different, as Hobbs says, from the engravings that descended from them; a linen of MSA (83); and Fessard's wife-beating monkey (348).
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Garnier Frères
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