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Fables choisies, mises en vers

Engraved by Jan Punt (Dutch, 1711–1779), Engraved by Reinier Vinkeles (Dutch, 1741–1816), Engraved by Abraham Delfos (Dutch, 1731–1820), Copied after Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686–1755), Copied after Bernard Picart (French, 1673–1733), Author Jean de La Fontaine (French, 1621–1695), Printer and Publisher Luzac & van Damm (Dutch, 18th century)

Place of Publication: Leiden, Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 550-551


Overall (each vol. [depth varies]): 20.3 x 13 x 2 cm (8 x 5 1/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 276 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Leiden: Luzac & van Damme, 1786) Octavo, six vols.; [v. 1] 53 leaves, plus plates; [v. 2] 41 ll., plus pls.; [v. 3] 37 ll., plus pls.; [v. 4] 58 ll., plus pls.; [v. 5] 68 ll., plus pls.; [v. 6] 78 ll., plus pls.; nineteenth-century gilt-stamped marbled brown calf [endpaper watermarks dated 1803].

Allegorical frontispiece with portraits of Aesop and La Fontaine; illustrations to La Fontaine’s fables.

Leiden: Luzac & van Damme, 1786


Acquired in 1917 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