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La Fontaine
Gravures Du En Noir Et Sanguine: La Fontaine [Book of Erotic Engravings From In Black And Blood] Two Volume Set
No Publisher Stated. No Date, No Place Stated. No publisher, no dates, or other information in the books. The artwork is not signed, nor is the artist identified. Bound in full leather, with gilt stamped spine labels. Spine labels read " La Fontaine Suites." Volume one has a black spine label and volume two has a red spine label. Both labels have small chips on the corners. There are a total of 128 illustrations, with 64 in each book. Some are repeated, appearing first in black and then in red. Each volume measures 6.5" x 4" and has gilt decorated spines and marbled endpapers. Old pencil code on one of the preliminary pages in each volume. La Fontaine has been a source of inspiration for many painters, engravers and designers. La Fontaine's three most significant literary works are the Tales, based on stories by Boccacio and Ariosto; Les amours de Psyche et de Cupidon (1669; The Loves of Psyche and Cupid), a mythological story composed in both prose and verse; and the Fables, drawn from works by Aesop and Phaedrus. Though frequently the object of official censorship, La Fontaine's Tales were nevertheless popular during his lifetime thanks to their erotic depictions of love and infidelity. The Loves of Psyche and Cupid is valued by contemporary critics such as Nathan Gross, who refers to the work's complex mixture of prose and verse joined by an elaborate framework that includes a narrator telling the story of Psyche and Cupid to three listeners who in their turn comment on the story's plot twists. Finally, and most well known, are La Fontaine's Fables or "apologues." These … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sean Fagan, Rare Books [Buford, GA, U.S.A.]
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