Fables Choisies Mises en Vers par J. de la Fontaine: Nouvelle Edition Gravée en taille-douce, Vol. II

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La Fontaine, Jean de
Olivet, Pierre-Joseph Thoulier
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1766
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Here is the second volume of the set of six volumes, published between 1765 and 1775. See my comments on the first volume in 1765. This volume contains only a brief preface and a T of C before it begins with MSA, the 43rd fable in this work and the continuation of the fables of La Fontaine's Book III. 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 Members and the Stomach (6); The Lion Become Old (34); the tailpiece for The Lion in Love (48); and FM (71). FG (28) offers an excellent example of the different conceptions Fessard used for the full-page illustrations -- formal classical tableaux -- by contrast with the more supple and realistic smaller illustrations before and after the fables. The tailpiece for BF (68) pictures the copycat plagiarizing rather than a scene among the birds. Half-calf over five raised bands on the spine, marbled endpapers, and a page-marking ribbon.
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Chez des Lauriers, Md. De Papiers
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