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Illustrated by Jean-Jacques François Le Barbier (French, 1738–1826), Engraved by Pierre Michel Alix (French, 1762–1817), Engraved by Pierre-Charles Baquoy (1759–1829), Engraved by Jean Dambrun (French, 1741–about 1808), Engraved by Jean Louis Delignon (French, 1755–about 1804), Engraved by Charles Étienne Gaucher (French, 1741–1804), Engraved by Antoine Cosme Giraud (French, 1760–after 1796), Engraved by François Godefroy (French, 1743–1819), Engraved by Louis Michel Halbou (French, 1730–1809), Engraved by François Robert Ingouf le jeune (French, 1747–1812), Engraved by Pierre Adrien Le Beau (French, 1748–after 1800), Engraved by P. E. Lépine (French, active late 18th–early 19th century), Engraved by Gérard René Levillain (French, 1740–1836), Engraved by Joseph de Longueil (French, 1730–1792), Engraved by Nicholas Ponce (French, 1746–1831), Engraved by G. Texier (French, active 1750–1778), Engraved by N. Thomas (French, about 1750–about 1812), Engraved by Philippe Trière (French, 1756–about 1815), Author Salomon Gessner (Swiss, 1730–1788), Publisher Claude Jean-Baptiste Hérissant (French, 1719?–1775), Publisher Jacques Barois (French, 18th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 433; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 39


Overall (each vol., depth variable): 30.5 x 23.3 x 3.7 cm (12 x 9 3/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 147 etchings and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: l’auteur des estampes, veuve Herissant, et Barrois l’ainé [1786-1793]) Quarto, three vols.; [v. 1] 115 leaves, plus engraved title and 32 plates; [v. 2] 91 ll., plus title and 32 pls.; [v. 3] 118 ll., plus title and 10 pls.; contemporary gilt-stamped green morocco.

Literary illustrations; decorative tailpieces; author portrait; engraved titles.

Paris: l’auteur des estampes, veuve Herissant, et Barrois l’ainé [1786-1793]


Acquired in 1921 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