Fables De La Fontaine [la Fontaine’s Fables].
Bound in original coloured, pictorial paper covered boards with green cloth spine. Endpapers decorated in red and black. Some slight wear to extremities and one closed, repaired tear to lower edge of one leaf, not affecting illustration. A very good example of an attractive children's book.
Imp. Hachette 9, Rue Stanislas, Paris,
Illustrations de felix lorioux.
Large folio. 10 x 13 inches. iv [Half-title and illustrated title] + 72 pp., each a full-page, brightly coloured illustration of the anthropomorphised birds, animals and insects in the fables, with the French text in verse form.
Fables are: La Cigale et la Fourmi [The Grasshopper and the Ant]. Le Corbeau et le Renard [The Crow and the Fox]. Le Rat de Ville et le Rat des Champs [The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse ]. Le Loup et L'Agneau [The Wolf and the Lamb]. Le Renard et la Cigogne [The Fox and the Crane]. Le Heron [The Heron]. Each fable occupies 12 pages.
De la Fontaine collected his fables from classical sources and published them between 1668 and 1694. In this 20th century interpretation they are all fables from Aesop, and aimed directly at children - the image on the upper board being that of a bewigged 17th century gentleman (De La Fontaine perhaps?), quill in hand and comfortably seated in a chair, reading (or possibly writing?) the fables for a boy and a girl. Lorioux's illustrations are astonishingly original in their interpretation of these old favourites and are considered as some of his finest work.
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