Recueil de Fables de La Fontaine

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La Fontaine, Jean de
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1950
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Perhaps 100 pages presenting fifty-six fables inside colored boards, with a cloth spine. Stamped in many places around the book is the name Braley. There is no title page and no indication that there ever was one! The pagination twice goes up to 10 and then moves, with some skips, to 25, which is at least close. I enjoy particularly the full-color illustrations. The book follows a rhythm. For each of six sections there is an introductory full page of color bringing together characters from some of the fables of that section. Thus around 11 there is a picture including elements of MM, TH, OF, and The Wolf as Shepherd. The best of these summary illustrations may be on 57. What follows each of these introductory pages is a mixture of black-and-white, two-color, and full-color pages, often following the format also found in Rabier of putting several scenes of one fable into various parts of a full-page picture. Often at the end of a section there is a final page, like the last tribute to MM just before the page marked 25. It seems as though the artist--either Le Taille or F. Zaucher (?)--stays the same within each section. A favorite individual illustration is the two-page spread on Le Coche et la Mouche at about 61. On 94 the illustration presents a strange conception of CW; the cat who has become a woman is chasing rats with a broom! There is a T of C on the last page, but without page numbers. The extra copy is surprising in that it frequently changes the colors of the monochrome illustrations and even of some of the texts. For that reason, I will keep it in the collection.
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