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Les contes du gay sçavoir. Ballades, fabliaux et traditions du moyen âge

Illustrated by Richard Parkes Bonington (English, 1802–1828), Illustrated by Henry Monnier (French, 1799–1877), Author Joseph-Adolphe-Ferdinand Langlé (French, 1798–1867), Printer Firmin Didot (French, 1764–1836)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Ray, French Illustrated Book, 114; Curtis, Bonington, 54-60


Overall: 23.2 x 15.7 x 1.8 cm (9 1/8 x 6 3/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 11 hand-colored pen lithographs

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Firmin Didot, for Lami Denozan, 1828) Quarto; [3 ff.] cxlvi, 48 pp.; modern blind- and gilt-stamped red morocco (Koehler, attrib.).

Interpretations of medieval manuscript illuminations.

Paris: Firmin Didot, for Lami Denozan, 1828


L. Pasquier; Edouard Rahir (1862-1924, sale Paris, May 1931); Maurice Sloog, French Book Corp., New York, from whom purchased by MFA for $248.59, September 12, 1946.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund