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Illustrated by Romeyn de Hooghe (Dutch, 1645–1708), Author Jean de La Fontaine (French, 1621–1695), Publisher Henry Desbordes (Dutch (?), 17th century)

Place of Publication: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet III, 758-59; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, IX, nos. 591-648; Landwehr, de Hooghe Book Illustrator, 62 (first issue)


Overall: 16.5 x 11 x 3.5 cm (6 1/2 x 4 5/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with etched frontispiece and 58 etchings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Amsterdam: Henry Desbordes, 1685) Octavo; (two vols. bound together) 239 leaves; modern black-stamped brown calf, gilt-stamped red label.

Etched frontispiece and illustrations of La Fontaine’s fables.

Amsterdam: Henry Desbordes, 1685


T. Blyth (inscriptions on preliminary leaf); acquired in 1913 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