Jean de La Fontaine: Fables, Tome Deuxième

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La Fontaine, Jean de
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1941
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I was excited to find this book available inexpensively. After looking through it, I got so excited that I went out and found a full set of Contes and Fables in a hardbound version. The seller's description includes these items: 240x190mm, 238pages, aquarelles, les aqarelles ont été coloriées à la main par Beaufumé, Couverture rempliée. Déchirure de 3cm entre le haut du dos et la couverture supérieure, autrement bel exemplaire. I agree with it all. The monochrome designs on the two covers offer the front and back of a scene of animals around La Fontaine as he writes. The frontispiece is of TT. I find the illustrations like those I enjoy so much from Barret: small, exact, lively. Scenes open out onto large perspectives, just as the story offers perspective on a detailed action. There is an illustration about every three fables. Among the best illustrations, I would say, are "2 Pigeons" (49); "Pumpkin and Acorn" (59); " Old man and Three Youths" (133); and "The Matron of Ephesus" (197). The good illustration for "The Farmer, the Dog, and the Fox" (115) made me go back to review this fable about not taking responsibility for your own human folly. It was the farmer who left a door open for the fox, and the dog gets the punishment! There is a T of C on 237-9, and there are delightful little printer's designs along the way. I can find no information on Beaufumé.
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