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LA FONTAINE Jean de. Contes et nouvelles en vers....

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LA FONTAINE Jean de. Contes et nouvelles en vers. Amsterdam, Henri Desbordes, 1685; 2 volumes in one vol. in-12, contemporary binding in red morocco, gilt fillets on the boards, spine ribbed and decorated with gilt grotesque motifs, inner lace and gilt edges. First edition and first printing. Title-frontispiece and 58 FIGURES DRAWN AND ENGRAVED BY ROMAIN DE HOOGHE . Prestigious copy bound in 18th century red morocco from the libraries of the Marquis de Ganay (catalogue, 1881, no. 132), Lord Gosford (catalogue, Paris, 1882; no. 181), the bookseller-writer Édouard Rahir (catalogue, III, 1935; no. 814) and Sir Robert Abdy (not included in the catalogues of 1975 and 1976)