Requires Photography

Oeuvres. Nouvelle édition, avec des éclaircissemens historiques

Engraved by Claude Boucher (French, died in 1756), Engraved by Jean Daullé (French, 1703–1763), Engraved by Pierre Alexandre Aveline (French, 1702–1760), Engraved by Jean Baptiste Delafosse (French, 1721–1806), Engraved by Simon François Ravenet, l'aîné (French, 1706–1774), Engraved by C. Mathey (French, active about 1740), After Charles Eisen (French, 1720–1778), After Charles-Nicolas Cochin le fils (French, 1715–1790), After Hyacinthe François Rigau y Ros, called Hyacinthe Rigaud (French, 1659–1743), Author Nicolas Boileau Despréaux (1636–1711), Printer Jean-Baptiste Coignard (French, died in 1735), Binding by René Simier (French, died in 1837)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 168; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 8


Overall (each vol., depth varies): 18.8 x 13 x 3.7 cm (7 3/8 x 5 1/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 76 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: J. B. Coignard, for David and Durand, 1747) Octavo, five vols.; [v. 1] 288 leaves, plus frontispiece; [v. 2] 251 ll., plus 6 plates; [v. 3] 272 ll.; [v. 4] 299 ll.; [v. 5] 349 ll.; early nineteenth-century gilt-stamped red morocco (signed by Simier).

Frontispiece author portrait; decorative vignettes and headpieces; literary illustrations

Paris: J. B. Coignard, for David and Durand, 1747


H. E. Howley (inscriptions in vols. 2-5); H. London[?] inscription in vol. 1 to his daughter dated April 1828; acquired in 1905 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