Nouveau Recueil des Fables d'Esope, Mises en François.
Benserade, Isaac de
. Charles LeClerc , chez C. Le Clerc ... . Paris (Bodemann identifier cf 80.2 )
PA3855.F5 1731 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This lovely little book has one of those endless titles. Here is more of it: Avec le Sens Moral en quatre Vers & des Figures à chaque Fable. Dedié a la Jeunesse. Nouvelle Edition, augmentée des Quatrains du Sieur de Benserade. The source behind this book, according to Bodemann #80.1, was published by Sebastian Mabre-Cramoisy in Paris in 1678. LeClerc apparently brought out an edition in 1718. Bodemann's #80.2 is a 1756 printing. This book of mine would have preceded that one and followed the 1718 edition. It has the requisite 442 pages and 223 fables. As Bodemann notes, the last two of these fables are imageless epigrams without illustration added to the 1678 edition's 221 illustrated fables. There is an AI immediately following the 442 pages of text. The illustrations are oval. Bodemann's comments underscore their narrow dimensions, the concentration on the main characters, the lack of attention paid to background or scenery, the frequent cross-hatching, and the broken contours within the ovals. The illustrations are well preserved here! A good, typical example is FS on 53. This book may be one of the few I have that includes Benserade's quatrains.