Fables Choisies Mises en Vers par J. de la Fontaine: Nouvelle Edition Gravée en taille-douce, Vol. IV
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La Fontaine, Jean de
Olivet, Pierre-Joseph Thoulier
Here is the fourth volume of the set of six volumes, published between 1765 and 1775. See my comments on the previous volumes in 1765, 1766, and 1768. This volume contains only a T of C and the dedication to Madame de Montespan before it begins with The Animals Sick of the Plague, the 125th fable in this work and the first in La Fontaine's Book VII. Again, when the fables begin, pagination moves from Roman to Arabic numerals. The pagination skips the full engraved plates, which are not printed on the verso. These full-page illustrations are again presented in frames similar to those one would find around Oudry's work. Almost every fable receives three illustrations: a full-page engraving, a headpiece, and a tailpiece. Memorable illustrations include: The Coach and the Fly (25); The Curé and the Dead Man (30); the tailpiece of The Head and Tail of the Serpent which shows the blind leading the blind (51); The Cobbler and the Banker (61); and The Two Friends (86). Half-calf over five raised bands on the spine, marbled endpapers, and a page-marking ribbon.
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