Publisher: A Amsterdam [Paris?], 1764.
Edition: The 1764 pirated edition of the famous Fermiers-Généraux edition of 1762.
Bibliographical References: Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 27.
Condition: Damp-stain in the upper half of the majority of pages in volume two, not terribly disfiguring, but obvious; otherwise quite an attractive copy.
Book ID: 27435
Description2 vols, 8vo, maroon full morocco by Riviere, brown morocco labels, gilt decorated spines and inner dentelles, a.e.g. Frontis portrait and 41 plates after designs by Charles Eisen.
CommentsThe Fermiers-Généraux edition of La Fontiane's Contes et Nouvelles is one of the most famous French illustrated books of the 18th century. "Eisen's eighty designs for La Fontaine were the liveliest and most adroit that he ever drew," - Ray, who also notes about this piracy that it was successful because "possible purchasers of the Fermiers-Généraux edition did not know how to obtain it." Bookplate of Charles Walker Andrews on the front paste-downs.