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COLOR PRINTING). LA FONTAINE, [JEAN DE]
LES AMOURS DE PSYCHÉ ET DE CUPIDON
Paris: [Printed by] P. Fr. Didot jeune [for] Chez Defer de Maisonneuve, 1791. First Edition with these Illustrations. This is a handsomely color-illustrated version of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, in fine contemporary morocco. La Fontaine (1621-95) is best known for his "Fables," considered one of the masterpieces of French literature, but his retelling of Apuleius' classic story of the obstacles faced by the god of love and his mortal wife is lauded by Britannica for "the lucid elegance of its prose, its skillful blend of delicate feeling and witty banter, and some sly studies of feminine psychology." These same descriptors could apply to the illustrations here by painter Jean Frédéric Schall (1752-1825), which are very much in the tradition of Watteau and Fragonard. Pretty and sentimental but with erotic undercurrents, these depictions of key moments in the tale are much enhanced by the fine color printing, duplicating with exactness the soft, romantic shades of the Rococo masters. As noted in Maggs' "French XVIIIth Century Illustrated Books," copies of this work are infrequently found in contemporary fine bindings because of the turbulent times of its publication, making this copy in Parisian red morocco all the more desirable.. 342 x 252 mm. (13 3/8 x 10"). 163 pp., [1] leaf (ad). First Edition with these Illustrations. FINE CONTEMPORARY RED MOROCCO, GILT, in the style of Bozerian, covers framed with decorative rolls, smooth spine divided into panels by gilt rules and floral rolls, compartments with central gilt urn surrounded by small tools, lily corne … [Click Below for Full Description]
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