Fables; 1793

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Authors: Jean de La Fontaine
Size(WxDXH): 4.75 x 1 x 7.4 inches
Medium: Antiquarian Book
Year: 1793

Description

‘Fables’, mises en vers by Jean De La Fontaine published by A Dijon, P Causse 1793. This second and last volume of fables brings together six series of fables, XVIII-XXVII-XIX-XVI-IX-XXXII, a total of 121 fables. This edition reproduces the text of the version published by Montenault in 1755-59. Title page is embellished with a large lyre thumbnail. Presentation inscription in French at the front to M. Rahoul Bastien 1896.

Background History:
Jean de La Fontaine (1621 – 1695) was a famous 17th fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, as well as in French regional languages.
Jean de La Fontaine collected fables from a wide variety of sources, both Western and Eastern, and adapted them into French free verse. They were issued in several volumes from 1668 to 1694 and are considered classics of French literature. Humorous, nuanced and ironical, they were originally aimed at adults but then entered the educational system and were required learning for school children.
“Of all the editions that have been made of the Fables, there are very few that are correct; they are almost all filled with gross faults, which make the style lose its clarity, its elegance and its force. This one, which I offer to the public, has been modeled, with the greatest accuracy, on the superb folio edition: the proofs have been revised by several literati, and I dare to believe that we will not find there not the slightest mistake.'' Rochambeau, Bibliographie des Oeuvres de La Fontaine, 138.

Condition:
Bound in speckled fawn sheepskin, the boards are rubbed and scratched. There is damage to the leather on the front right corner, and on the spine the leather is missing with only title still left partially visible. All edges marbled. End papers later editions. Internal contents are generally in good condition, although with the pages rumpled, the occasional spot of foxing, and with a few worm pinholes running through the blank margins.

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