SOLD - Fables of La Fontaine - Jean de La Fontaine 1881 - Estes and Lauriat, Boston A small finely bound two volume set, with notes by J. W. M. Gibbs, and prefaces by the translator Elizur Wright.

Issued as part of the ‘Exquisite Series’, illustrated with twelve etchings by P. Le Rat from designs by E. Adam, and a portrait frontispiece of Jean de La Fontaine.

La Fontaine (1621-95) based his fables mainly on Aesop, but also used Phaedrus, a Latin verse translation of the Greek fables. More than a dozen of his fables were drawn from the ancient Indian text, the Panchatantram. He enriched the original tales considerably, by adding deft touches of drama or humour to the tales. He wrote his fables in verse, and set them mainly in the countryside. Sometimes, he turned to satire, sometimes he commented on contemporary political issues, but did so with humour and a touch as light as a feather. The main theme of his tales, however, remains that of the traditional fable: the everyday moral issues of mankind.
  Reference” Web Long Long Time Ago.

Two small volumes (binding size 17.6x11.5cm), pp. [4] lxii 219 [9]; [10] 316 [4].
  Elegantly bound in three-quarter calf over marbled boards, spines decorated in gilt with twin burgundy morocco labels lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, silk ribbon book marks.   Condition: Fine, uncut and unopened, in very good bindings with moderate rubbing to spine ends and labels, wear along outer edges and light scratch to front cover of volume II.   Ref: 110120   Price: HK$ 0