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LA FONTAINE (Jean de).

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Contes et nouvelles en vers. A Paris, Chez Plassan, Imprimeur-Libraire, & Chevalier, Libraire, 1792. 2 volumes in-8°, green morocco, triple gilt fillet framing the boards, smooth spine decorated, red morocco title-pieces, gilt edges (period binding attributable to Derôme). Complete reproduction of the edition known as "des Fermiers généraux" (1762). At the end of volume II, a mention indicates: "De l'Imprimerie de Plassan ]...]. 1792.« A portrait of La Fontaine and one of Eisen in the frontispiece, 53 culs-de-lampe, six fleurons and 82 engraved figures after Charles EISEN (of 80: 46+36). ENRICHED with two additional figures, of which those of the "Cas de conscience" (II, 143) and the "Diable de Papefiguière" (II, 149) are discovered. INTEGRAL REPRINT, MADE IN 1792, OF THE FAMOUS EDITION, DITE "DES FERMIERS GÉNÉRAUX", of this work by La Fontaine, one of the most beautiful books of the 18th century, EISEN'S MASTERPIECE. "This edition ]... is the complete reproduction of the Fermiers-généraux edition and ]... the figures drawn at the time ]... may be as good as in the 1762 copy" (Cohen, 573). "This edition, rare to find, would have been printed by Plassan to use the series of figures, drawn in 1762 and not used" (Rochambeau, .(532-531 Spine faded, some foxing, discharges and russeting at the foot of two leaves of volume II, but A BEAUTIFUL COPY IN GREEN ORIGINAL MAROQUIN

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