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Fables choisies, mises en vers.... Nouvelle édition gravée en taille-douce

Illustrated by Charles Monnet (French, 1732–after 1808), Illustrated by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg II (French (Alsace, active in Britain), 1740–1812), Illustrated by Jean Baptiste Le Prince (French, 1734–1781), Illustrated by Jean Pierre Louis Laurent Hoüel (French, 1735–1813), Illustrated by Philippe Caresme (French, 1734–1796), Illustrated by Pierre-Thomas LeClerc (French, about 1740–after 1799), Illustrated by Ferdinand Kobell (German, 1740–1799), Illustrated by Jean-Baptiste Huet (French, 1745–1811), Illustrated by Jean Bardin (French, 1732–1809), Illustrated by Jacques-Philippe Joseph de St. Quentin (French, born in 1738), Illustrated by Claude-Louis Desrais (French, 1746–1816), Illustrated by L. Bidault (French, 18th century), Engraved by Etienne Fessard (French, 1714–1777), Engraved by François Montulay (French, active 1754–1785), Author Jean de La Fontaine (French, 1621–1695)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 551; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 61


Overall (each vol., depth variable): 19.5 x 13.3 x 3.8 cm (7 11/16 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book, entirely engraved, including 723 plates, vignettes, and tailpieces

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Chez l’auteur [i.e., Fessard], Durand, Des Lauriers, 1765-1775) Octavo, six vols. bound in three; [v. 1] 140 leaves, plus plates; [v. 2] 120 ll., plus pls.; [v. 3] 114 ll., plus plates; modern gilt-stamped red morocco.

Engraved titles, text, plates, and decorations, with illustrations of La Fontaine’s fables.

Paris: Chez l’auteur [i.e., Fessard], Durand, Des Lauriers, 1765-1775


Acquired in 1901 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