A Amsterdam [i.e. Barbou, Paris]: 1762. First Edition. Octavos, 2 volumes; VG; bound in unsigned period gilt morocco, triple gilt rules to boarders, flower stamps to corners, paneled spines with two black labels with gilt titling, elegant gilt to remainder; gilt dentelle border to doublures; marbled endpapers; bookplate to front pastedowns; lacking half-titles; wide margins;
With a remarkable group of elegant engravings, including: Two frontispieces by Fiquet, after Rigault and Vispre; 53 vignettes and culs-de-lamp by Choffard; and 80 full-page plates after Eisen by - Aliamet, Baquoy, Choffard, Delafosse, de Longueil, Flipart, Le Mire, Lempereur. Leveau, Ourvrier, et. al;
With 'Le cas de concience' and "Le Diable de Papefiguiere" in the decouvertes state;
MW consignment; shelved case 3.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
La Fontaine's Contes et nouvelles en vers was probably the most famous, and arguably beautiful, illustrated book to have appeared in France during the eighteenth century. The celebrated 1762 edition, published by Louis XV's detested tax-gatherers, the Compagnie des Fermiers généraux, held among its claims to supremacy its magnificent copperplate illustrations, designed by Charles Eisen.;
Sold together with a copy of David Adams' "Book Illustration, Taxes and Propaganda: the Fermiers généraux edition of La Fontaine's Contes et nouvelles en vers of 1762", Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, Volume 2006:11, (2006);