Fables de La Fontaine: Cent Fables Choisies
La Fontaine, Jean de
. Librairie Renouard . Paris
Language note: French
PQ1808.A3 L35 1904 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Language note: French
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This copy is almost identical with one other in the collection, for which I have used the same date, publisher, editor, and author. It has several subtle differences. It borrows from the paperback edition of 1925, which I have, a colorful internal front cover identical in design with the external cover. Facing the title-page it has not advertisements but books in the same series. I suspect that this is a later printing, undated like the first printing but unlike the paperback of 1925 and the hardbound edition of 1932, which give dates on their title pages. My suspicion that this is a later printing is confirmed, I believe, by a further difference. The other copy has on its last page Évreux, Imprimerie Ch. Hérissy. -- 452. This copy has instead Évreux, Imprimerie Ch. Hérissy et Fils. His son has now joined the printer business. That page is followed by a stiffer page corresponding to the internal cover, with the same design we find on the back cover of the 1925 paperback. As I said of the other copy, this is one of the most beautiful books in the collection. Apparently unknown to standard bibliographers like Quinnam, Hobbs, and Bassy, it is in my favorite private collection. It is well described in Bodemann in an edition of 1904. Might this undated copy belong to that edition? My other two copies are dated 1925 (paper) and 1932 (hardbound with a dark green cloth cover). The cover here has a gray background. The twelve full-page colored illustrations are particularly good, e.g., of GA (1), two pigeons (117), the little fish and the fisherman (137), and the oyster and the litigants (189). The best among the black-and-white line illustrations are of Death and the woodcutter (15), the hunter fleeing from the lion (30), the dog and food (36), the bear and the gardener (81), DW (91), the frog and the rat (150), and TB (151). Have I seen elsewhere the donkey cartoon before and the pigeon cartoon after the ending T of C? The closest artist generally may be Boutet de Monvel.