La Fontaine, Jean de. Contes et Nouvelles en Vers. Amsterdam: De la Compagnie, 1779. 12mo. 2 vols. ¹2, a8 A-2C8/4;[*]2 2*4 A-2A8/4 2B6. [18].309.[3];[11],295,[4]pp. 19th c. red morocco backed marbled boards, spine gilt, edges speckled, marbled endpapers, light toning and occ. foxing, a nice copy. 24 engraved plates, incl. frontis., t.p. in red and black, head- and tail-pieces. Corrected Enlarged Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $450.00

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    La Fontaine (1621-95) poet and fabulist, "....La Fontaine's fame rests on his Fables, which, while they have been criticized from a strict ethical standpoint, are told in a familiar persuasive style and with inimitable naivete and a semi-pagan sentiment for nature which makes them delightful to all readers."[OCFL] STCN 177912.    

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