Fables de la Fontaine

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La Fontaine, Jean de
La Nézière, R. de
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1926
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An instant favorite! I had never known of this book, which is not in Bassy. It is in good condition except for a weakening spine and some damage to the cover. Sixty fables with a T of C at the end. Sixteen full-page brightly-colored illustrations on different paper with very lively movement; these are particularly well preserved. There are two black-and-white illustrations per fable except for La Latière (129), which has only one. The match between colored and black-and-white illustrations is extraordinarily good. Nice front and back covers present the cast of characters and the poet himself. Trees are frequently personalized; the frogs romp on a bear of a log (64). Humans often become monkeys. The funniest black-and-white illustration (96) has a horse pulling a rolling scaffold of thirteen people, four children in a coaster cart, an alligator, and a further cast. The secret to the humor of this funny book lies in the use of updated technology. On 11-12, the frog uses a bicycle pump to inflate himself. There is a good splat here! The wolf has a musket against the lamb (21), the mosquito a bow and arrow against the lion (46), the spider--with dead flies pinned to his hat--a butterfly net (49). The pigeon flies an airplane (53), while frogs have umbrellas and bath houses (55). The racing turtle has a cart and a turtle-jockey, while the hare has a bike (117). The tortoise in mid-air is carried between two biplanes (149). A great imaginative lark!
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Maison Alfred Mame et Fils
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