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La Fontaine, [Jean de].
Fables de La Fontaine, avec des nouvelles gravures exécutées en relief.
1811. Paris: Renouard, 1811. 2 vols. in one, 12mo, [4], 3, [2], vj- cvj, 245, [1]; [4], 382 pp. With 266 relief engravings on stone. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, red morocco label lettered in gilt, first two leaves with stains at the corners, otherwise generally very good. § First edition of this edition which is noted by Twyman and others as being the first use of this process -- relief etching and engraving on stone then printed from a stereotype plate made from stone. This is a very early precursor to lithography. "The most important application of the process was for the edition of Fables de La Fontaine published by Renouard" (Twyman p. 8). The process has a weird almost surrealistic effect and is reminiscent of the only wood engravings Blake did some years later. Twyman, Lithography, p.8. Ray, French, #175.
Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller [U.S.A.]

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