The Fables of La Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
. Viking Press . NY ,
PQ1811.E3 M6 1954a (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I have wanted for a long time to find a signed and numbered first edition of this important book. The red cloth cover has a lovely embossed LF emblem. I said when I catalogued the regular first edition of this book years ago that I would like to keep coming back to the book. Well, I have! Moore has been a helpful, if sometimes rather liberal, translator for many of LaFontaine's fables. As I wrote then, this is a huge and lovely book, without illustrations, with an index of titles and first lines in both English and French. I said then that the shorter of La Fontaine's fables might be the most delightful. For example: The Cock and the Pearl (31); FG with a fine moral (67); GGE, with a very nicely pointed moral (111); The Horse and the Ass (131); and The Old Cat and the Young Mouse (284). Many of the pages here are uncut.