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Fables choisies, mises on vers

Engraved by J.-M. Alard (French, 18th century), Engraved by Bertin (French, 18th century), Engraved by J. Crescent (French, 18th century), Engraved by Savart fils (French, 18th century), Author Jean de La Fontaine (French, 1621–1695)

Place of Publication: Bouillon, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 552


Overall: 20.3 x 13 x 3 cm (8 x 5 1/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 249 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Bouillon: La Société Typographique, 1776) Octavo, four vols.; [v. 1] 112 leaves, plus 62 plates; [v. 2] 65 ll., plus 64 pls.; [v. 3] 85 ll., plus 64 pls.; [v. 4] 106 ll., plus 58 pls.; contemporary gilt-stamped mottled brown calf.

Illustrations to La Fontaine’s fables.

Bouillon: La Société Typographique, 1776


Clement C. Moore, New York (1779-1863, professor and author of "A Visit from St. Nicholas [The Night before Christmas]); acquired in 1926 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