La Fontaine's Fables Now First Translated from the French By Robert Thomson With Elegant Engraved Figures, Vol. II
Croxall, Samuel (translator)
La Fontaine, Jean de
Thomson, Robert (translator)
. Chenu, Libraire-Editeur . Paris
PQ1811.E3T56 1806 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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See my comments on Volume I. Now only some pages are blue. Frontispiece is an oval portrait of La Fontaine. Books IV to VI, preceded by A Sketch of Aesop's Life from Croxall and followed by a T of C. Here there are twelve of the smaller duplicate illustrations: IV 1 Lion in Love; IV 9 BF; IV 12 Tribute to Alexander; IV 14 Wolf, the Goat and the Kid; IV 21 Eye of the Master; V 4 Hare and His Ears; V 8 Horse and Wolf (signed Ransonette Fils 1823); V 15 Stag and the Vine; V 19 Lion Going to War; VI 6 Fox, the Monkey, and Other Animals; VI 10 TH; and VI 21 Young Widow. Increasingly, these tend to group a number of static animals. The lack of dynamism in TH (114) for example is disappointing. VI 15, The Fowler, the Hawk, and the Lark, shows much more dynamism, especially in the black-ink version. Another favorite of mine is V 8, The Horse and the Wolf. The signed Perdoux series here includes: IV 2 Shepherd and Sea, V 1 Woodman and Mercury, V 11 Fortune and the School-boy, and VI 3 SW. There are two illustrations not included in either of these series: a larger sketch (3 x 4.75) of IV 2 Shepherd and Sea by J.F. Millet (born in 1814) and a more elaborate second illustration (3.4 x 4.75) of VI 21 Young Widow (Fr. Flameng). Examination of this volume has helped me to formulate questions about the date and making of this work. Might the text be printed in 1806, an authentic first edition? And might the illustrations have been added later? Note the illustrations dated 1823 by Ransonette (V 8) and by Millet (IV 2), who was born in 1814.