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Jean De La Fontaine
4 Vol Set Fables Choisies, Mises En Vers Par La Fontaine 1755 W/ All 275 Plts.
Paris: 1755. We are delighted to be able to offer this rare 4 volume first edition of what is generally considered to be one of the greatest French books of all time and one of the finest illustrated books ever produced, one of the most ambitious books ever produced, and the zenith of the 18th century decorated books in France. The Fables of La Fontaine are known universally and exhibit the versatility of the author's talent more fully than any of his other work. For his edition of The Fables, La Fontaine, the great French poet took inspiration from Aesop, Horace, Boccaccio and Ariosto and Tasso, Machiavelli's comedies, and Eastern stories that in his epic were transmitted through translations from the Persian. The boldness of the politics is as much to be considered as the ingenuity of the moralizing, as the intimate knowledge of human nature displayed in the substance of the narratives, or as the artistic mastery shown in their form. Perhaps the best criticism ever passed upon La Fontaine's Fables is that of Silvestre de Sacy, to the effect that they supply delights to three different ages: the child rejoices in the freshness and vividness of the story, the eager student of literature in the consummate art with which it is told, the experienced man of the world in the subtle reflections on character and life which it conveys. Nor has any one, with the exception of a few paradoxers.denied that the moral tone of the whole is as fresh and healthy as its literary interest is vivid. The book has therefore naturally become a standard French reader both at home and abroad. It is … [Click Below for Full Description]
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