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Illustrated by Charles Eisen (French, 1720–1778), Illustrated by Pierre Philippe Choffard (French, 1730–1809), Engraved by Joseph de Longueil (French, 1730–1792), Engraved by Noël Le Mire (French, 1724–1801), Engraved by Jean Jacques André Le Veau (French, 1729–1785), Engraved by Jacques Aliamet (French, 1726–1788), Engraved by Jean Charles Baquoy (French, 1721–1777), Engraved by Jean Baptiste Delafosse (French, 1721–1806), Engraved by Jean Jacques Flipart (French, 1719–1782), Engraved by Louis Simon Lempereur (French, 1725–1796), Engraved by Jean Ouvrier (French, 1725–1784), Engraved by Etienne Ficquet (French, 1719–1794), Portrait(s) designed by Hyacinthe François Rigau y Ros, called Hyacinthe Rigaud (French, 1659–1743), Portrait(s) designed by Victor Vispré (French, active 1762–1789), Author Jean de La Fontaine (French, 1621–1695), Printer Joseph Gérard Barbou (French, 1723–1790)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 558-571; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 26


Overall (each vol.): 18.5 x 12.7 x 3.2 cm (7 5/16 x 5 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 82 full-page etched and engraved plates and 57 etched vignettes

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Amsterdam [i.e., Paris: Barbou]: 1762) Octavo, two vols.; [v. 1] 143 leaves, plus 40 plates, [v. 2] 161 ll., 42 plates; eighteenth-century gilt-stamped red morocco.

Portraits of author, Eisen, and Choffard; illustrations to La Fontaine’s tales; decorative headpieces and vignettes

Amsterdam [i.e., Paris: Barbou]: 1762


Acquired in 1903 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent