Requires Photography


Engraved by Bernard Picart (French, 1673–1733), Engraved by Balthasar Bernaerts (Dutch, active 1711–1737), Engraved by Pieter Tanjé (Netherlandish, 1706–1761), Engraved by Jacob Folkema (Dutch, 1692–1767), After Louis Fabritius Dubourg (Dutch, 1693–1775), Author François Rabelais (French, about 1490–1553?), Printer Jean Frédéric Bernard (Dutch, died in 1752)

Place of Publication: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 839-840


Overall (vol. 1): 24.1 x 20.5 x 3.8 cm (9 1/2 x 8 1/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 21 engravings, plus numerous vignettes

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741) Quarto, three vols.; [v. 1] 285 leaves, plus 15 plates, [v. 2] 210 leaves, plus 5 plates, [v. 3] 209 leaves, plus 1 plate; modern gilt-stamped red morocco (Smeers).

Author portrait, engraved title, illustrations to Rabelais works, maps, views of author’s home, plus numerous engraved vignettes

Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741


Acquired in 1918 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