One of 250 Copies "Imprimé par Ordre du Roi pour l'Éducation de Monseigneur le Dauphin"
Jean de La Fontaine. Fables de La Fontaine.
Paris: Didot l'Aîné, 1788. One of 250 copies printed on
papier-vélin by Dervaud and the Henry brothers. Royal quarto.
Approximately 11.75 x 9 inches. [vi], xcv, [1, blank], 482, [1,
publisher's catalogue of the same series], [1, blank] pages.
Complete with half-title, two-page privilege statement, engraved
title-page, and publisher's one-page catalogue. Bound in
contemporary full burgundy crushed levant morocco, covers
triple-ruled in gilt, gilt florets in corners, spine tooled and
lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board
edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. Spine
tailcap chipped, some wear to boards and joints, some sunning and
soiling to binding, mild foxing in text. Overall, a very good copy
of this handsome book. With the armorial bookplate George Harry
Grey, Fifth Earl of Stamford (1737-1819).
This is one of a series of books, beautifully printed, designed for the education of the Dauphin, Louis Joseph of France (the eldest son of Louis XVI, who was beheaded in 1789 during the French Revolution). The Dauphin died in 1789 of an illness at the age of seven.
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