Choix de Fables de La Fontaine, Tome Premier
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La Fontaine, Jean de
This pair of volumes seems almost identical with the pair that I found from Bartleby's in 1991. Closer inspection shows two differences. First, there is a number stamped on the verso of the cover in that edition's first volume, but there is no such number here. This volume has exactly the same declaration as that about the number of volumes printed. Perhaps this copy comes from a second edition or an unmentioned group printed without numbering at the time of the first edition. The second difference has to do with the coloring of individual pictures. It is regularly slightly different: often less brilliant, sometimes less subtle. Thus the grasshopper in GA has little red on his cravat. And both the crow and his tree are much darker here in FC. The book has the same format, apparently the same paper, and the same binding. Once again here, use seems to be destroying the integrity of the lacing that functions as a binding. Let me repeat here the remarks I made there. Here is the gem of the collection! What a marvelous pair of volumes! Each of the fourteen fables has a two-page illustration printed on only one side of the paper. The best here include: The Swallow and the Small Birds, OF, Two Dragons, The Monkey Judging the Wolf and the Fox, The Oak and the Reed, The Two Bulls, The Eagle Wounded, The Council of Rats, FG, and The Jay in Peacock Feathers.
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