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This is a second and far superior copy of this important and lovely book. Earlier I had found the editor's copy of just this first volume of two. It was unbound. Now I have found this splendidly bound volume along with its partner Tome 2. I will repeat my remarks from that earlier copy and keep both in the collection. I have several other things by Jouaust and so I had presumed that I had this important edition. This is a large book (7¼ x9¾). This is the Edition dite des douze painteurs, as Bodemann (#349) indicates. There is a frontispiece portrait of La Fontaine and an engraving before every book, each by a different artist and each protected by a slipsheet. There is also a vignette before the first and after the last fable of each book. Among the best work, in my opinion, are the face of Aesop at the beginning of La Vie d'Ésope (13); CW at the beginning of Book II; the endpiece of Book III showing the hanging cat and the rats (138); The Stag Eating the Vine by Karl Bodmer (before Book V); and The Young Widow (before Book VI). The other full-page illustrations are of OR; MSA; and The Shepherd and the Sea.