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Illustrated by Alexandre Joseph Desenne (French, 1785–1827), Illustrated by Charles-Abraham Chasselat (French, 1782–1843), Illustrated by Jean-Demosthene Dugourc (French, 1749–1825), Illustrated by Sébastien Leroy (French, died in 1832), Engraved by Pierre Adam (French, born in 1799), Engraved by Jean Bosq (French, early 19th century), Engraved by Philibert Boutrois (French, active first half of 19th century), Engraved by Wilbrode-Magloire-Nicolas Courbe (French, active late 18th–early 19th century), Engraved by Emmanuel Jean Nepomucène de Ghendt (Flemish, worked in France, 1738–1815), Engraved by Jean Louis Delignon (French, 1755–about 1804), Engraved by Adrien Godefroy (French, 1777–1865?), Engraved by Jean Marie Leroux (French, 1788–1870), Engraved by Hippolyte Louis Emile Pauquet (French, born in 1797), Engraved by François Pigeot (French, early 19th century), Engraved by Jean-François Pourvoyeur (French, active 1831–1845), Engraved by Adrien Jacques Simonet (French, born in 1791), Author Jean de La Fontaine (French, 1621–1695), Publisher A. H. Bécus (French, 19th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France


Overall (each vol.): 18.1 x 13 x 2.7 cm (7 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 1 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 75 etching and engravings

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Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: A. H. Bécus, 1878) Octavo, two vols.; (v. 1) [3 ff.] xvi, 198 pp. [1-20 lacking, bound in vol. 2] plus 32 plates; (v. 2) 156 pp., plus 43 pls.; contemporary half gilt-stamped red morocco, marbled paper boards (original publisher’s printed paper wraps bound in).

Literary illustrations

Paris: A. H. Bécus, 1878


Acquired in London, 1905, 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