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La Fontaine, Jean De."
Nouveaux contes de monsieur De La Fontaine. Contenant, comment l'esprit vient aux filles. L'abbesse & les nonnains. Les troqueurs de femmes. Le cas de conscience. Le diable de papefiguiere. Feronde, ou le purgatoire. Le pesautier. Le roy Candaule, & le maitre en droict. Le diable en enfer. Le jugement du compere Pierre. Pate d'anguille. Les lunettes. Jeannot & Catin. Le cuvier. La chose impossible. Le magnifique. Le tableau. Les fous.Amsterdam, Corneille Jans Zwol, 1676. 8vo. With engraved allegorical frontispiece with a blank pedestal underneath, a woodcut title vignette and woodcut head pieces and initials.Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine, red sprinkled edges."
[1 blank], [1], 168 pp.Very rare second issue, consisting of the first edition of 1674 with a new-title page, of a new collection of popular tales by Jean de la Fontaine (1621-695), writer of popular fables and stories. The collection of tales in this book is the fourth part of the so-called Contes & Nouvelles (first editions published between 1665-1674), a collection of tales written by Jean de la Fontaine. The printing of this series, especially of this fourth part, was not easy. However Jean de la Fontaine had already received royal privileges for the three earlier parts, he could not obtain a privilege for this fourth collection of tales. Therefore he had to publish this fourth part of Contes & Nouvelles clandestinely. The first edition of this work was published in 1674 with the imprint of Gaspard Migeon at Mons (a Walloon city in Belgium), who was a famous Jansenist printer. Although the book was published outside Paris, it was not printed at Mons. Probably the first edition of this Nouveaux contes was printed at Reims by Multeau or at Chalons by Bouchard. Unfortunately this edition was seized and on 5 April 1675 a verdict was issued: because Jean de La Fontaine lacked a privilege for publishing the book and because they suspected him from endangering the good morals and inspiring ‘libertinage', a philosophy that argued for complete individual freedom. Jean de la Fontaine no longer took the risk: to avoid further harassment, he turned to The Netherlands for publishing his fourth part of tales. Although we can not really call it ‘publishing': he re-issued his stock fro … [Click Below for Full Description]
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