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Selected fables put into verse. Paris, Desaint et Saillant, Durand, Imprimerie Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1755-1759. 4 vol. in-folio, contemporary porphyry calf, triple gilt fillet framing, ornate ribbed spine, Havana title and tomaison pieces, gilt edges, one split upper jaw (Vol. I), blunt caps and corners, slight rubbing.
Cohen 548.
One of the most beautiful illustrated books of the 18th century, this edition includes a frontispiece and 275 full-page engravings, after Oudry. A portrait after Oudry by Larguillière was added, laminated, as often.
EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST PRINT with, in volume III, the banner of the fable "The Monkey and the Leopard" which bears the figure of the leopard (without the name).
Ex-libris Du Plesssis Villoutreys. Some freckles
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