The fables of La Fontaine, in French, illustrated by Jules David, 1839

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Fables de La Fontaine, illustrées par Jules David, avec une notice et des notes par M. de Walckenaer, Membre de l’Institut. Paris. Armand Aubrée, éditeur, 1839.

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Fables de La Fontaine, illustrées par Jules David, avec une notice et des notes par M. de Walckenaer, Membre de l’Institut. Paris. Armand Aubrée, éditeur, 1839.

Original book of 1839 corresponding to a beautiful French edition of the nineteenth century with the 240 fables of La Fontaine, divided into 12 books in a single volume of 588 pages profusely illustrated. Portrait of La Fontaine engraved by Choubard and printed by Mangeon. Cover engraved and illuminated by hand in color and gold. Texts in French.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) published his first collection of Moral Fables in 1668, and he met a dazzling success. In total he composed twelve books of fables which he published between 1668 and 1694. Through them he offered his own vision of French society, ironic, bourgeois and somewhat skeptical; His intention was to create a small microcosm: “A great comedy in a hundred different acts / whose stage is the Universe”.

Vintage binder in half leather with golden irons on the back, tinted edges, guide tape. Format 15.5 x 22.8 cm.

Beautiful romantic edition of the fables of La Fontaine of the first half of the nineteenth century. The paper has many rust stains, but without affecting the reading or the enjoyment of the beautiful illustrations.

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