La Fontaine Fables: Trente-cinq lithographies originales de Hans Erni

dc.acquired.locationMarc Ukaj, Librairie de l'Univers, Lausanneen_US
dc.contributor.authorErni, Hansen_US
dc.contributor.authorLa Fontaine, Jean deen_US
dc.contributor.illustratorErni, Hansen_US
dc.cost.usCost: $700.00en_US
dc.description.abstractI had seen this portfolio only once before, in the home of my favorite private collector. I knew of Erni from his great illustrations for Ovid's Metamorphoses. I thought I would never have a chance at adding a copy to the collection. Hurray! It is as lovely as I remember it from my first viewing. Twenty-one fables are presented. A reader first extracts from its own box a portfolio with stiff matching covers. Inside this portfolio there is a heavy-paper inner jacket. The jacket surrounds a number of unbound four-page segments. The frontispiece is a striking portrait of La Fontaine. The other thirty-four illustrations are before, after, around, or within the text. Bodemann's comment is correct: the illustrations would need the text for clarification, for many of them represent individual characters and not fable scenes. Some favorites among the illustrations found with the fables are the hooves of the battling goats still falling into the water (20) and the personified oak and reed (48-49). In fact, these are scenes that suggest the fable rather than just the characters in the fable. When one comes to the end of the fables about halfway through the portfolio, one finds a T of C and a colophon page with the signatures of Gronin and Erni, which includes mention that this copy has been specially printed for Dr. Bernard Wissmer. There is even the numbered bookmark for this copy! Then one finds, without text, not only many of the lithographed illustrations already seen with the fables. There are also many studies which Erni apparently did in preparation. Many of these show Erni's penchant for presenting animals in human terms. Thus there is a striking illustration of a creature with a stag's head but a human body immersed in water up to his knees. There is a fine collection of acorns and pumpkins. There are fish with human faces. Studies for the lion and ass in Les Animals malades de la Peste give both of them human faces. And there are excellent studies for The Man and the Flea. Again in these last images the fable's point makes it way into the illustration. This lovely portfolio is one of the stars of this collection!en_US
dc.description.noteLanguage note: Frenchen_US
dc.description.note3Signed by Gronin & Erni, #139 of 345 on paper of Rives. Printed specially for Dr. Bernard Wissmeren_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityTraduit du Latin par E. Panckouckeen_US
dc.identifier.other5034 (Access ID)en_US
dc.printer.locationZurich (illustrations) & Geneva (text)en_US
dc.publisherAndré Goninen_US
dc.publisherAndré Gronin: André Kundig & Auguste Griess for text; Hermann Kratz & Emile Matthieu for illustrationsen_US
dc.subject.lccPQ1808.Z9 E75 1955en_US
dc.subject.local1La Fontaineen_US
dc.titleLa Fontaine Fables: Trente-cinq lithographies originales de Hans Ernien_US
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