Fables de La Fontaine avec un nouveau commentaire, Tome Premier
La Fontaine, Jean de
The value of these two volumes lies chiefly, I believe, in the twelve aqua-fortis gravures designed by Pierre-Nolasque Bergeret. They often have a medallion inserted within a picture. A list of them, as apparently first published by Bergeret in 1818, appears on Bassy 230; there is also a shorter list in the description of the 1818 edition on Bassy 265. They include 1) a frontispiece showing a bust of La Fontaine with a halo over a tombstone on which there is an image of a man (La Fontaine?) apparently standing before a shut door. Others show 2) L'Enfant et le Maitre d'Ecole inside a picture of FC and GA (79), 3) MSA within TT and The Cat Judges Rat and Weasel (132), 4) The Miser Who Lost His Treasure within The Monkey Throwing Away His Master's Coins (216), 5) The Ass Carrying Relics inside The Hermit Rat (250), and 6) The Driver Bogged Down inside WL (294). Outside this series (and not mentioned by Bassy) is The Two Servants, a medallion without a surrounding scene but with a slipsheet (238). I am certainly glad to find the edition, though a third, at this remarkable price!
Emler Frères, Libraires