Requires Photography

L'Eloge de la folie.... Nouvelle édition revüe et corrigée

Illustrated by Charles Eisen (French, 1720–1778), Engraved by Pierre (Pitre) Martenasie (Flemish, worked in France, died in 1770?), Engraved by Jacques Aliamet (French, 1726–1788)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 348-49 (quarto format); Ray, French Illustrated Book, 24


Overall: 24.4 x 18.6 x 3.1 cm (9 5/8 x 7 5/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 17 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

([Paris:] 1751) Quarto; 128 leaves, plus 14 plates; modern gilt-stamped brown morocco (with old mottled brown calf covers).

Frontispiece of Momus before Minerva, with elaborate decorative border; illustrations to Erasmus’s text, showing various human follies; decorative vignettes.

[Paris:] 1751


Mexborough [armorial bookplate with motto "Be Fast"; acquired in 1919 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