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Engraved by Etienne Fessard (French, 1714–1777), Engraved by Pierre Quentin Chedel (French, 1705–1762), Engraved by Simon François Ravenet, l'aîné (French, 1706–1774), After Charles-Nicolas Cochin le fils (French, 1715–1790), After Nicolas Lancret (French, 1690–1743), Author Jean de La Fontaine (French, 1621–1695), Author Nicolas Boileau Despréaux (1636–1711)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 558


Overall (each vol.): 16.9 x 10.9 x 1.9 cm (6 5/8 x 4 5/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 73 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Amsterdam [i.e., Paris]: 1745) Octavo, two vols.; [v. 1] 124 leaves, plus frontispiece; [v.2] 140 leaves; modern gilt-stamped blue morocco (Chambolle-Duru).

Allegorical frontispiece; portrait of author in his library; illustrations to La Fontaine’s tales

Amsterdam [i.e., Paris]: 1745


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