FABLES OF LA FONTAINE, illustr by Gustave Dore - c.1870 [Pictorial Cloth]


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The Fables of La Fontaine

illustrated by Gustave Dore 

translated into English Verse by Walter Thornbury

Published by: Cassell Publishing Company, New York, c.1870.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volume is in very good overall condition displaying mild commensurate wear and aging.
  • Brown pictorial cloth covers feature gilt, and exhibit minor edgewear with rubbing and occasional small bumps.
  • Boards display minor overall rubbing.
  • Spine features faded gilt text with black illustration. Ends are rubbed and a scuff is visible in middle. (See photos)
  • Binding is overall secure with play.
  • Illustration plates are intact and well preserved. 
  • Interior displays gentle overall age-toning.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges are faded AEG, with some dust. Fore edge and foot exhibit apparent red and green staining.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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175 pages. 9.5 x 12 inches.

La Fontaine's Fables are one of literature's most famous and treasured pieces. They come to life in this magnificent edition that features the engravings of Gustave Dore. Dore (1832-1883) was at once a printmaker, illustrator, caricaturist, and sculptor who worked primarily with wood engravings. His illustrated works include many famous classics like Milton's Paradise Lost, Dante's Inferno, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

Illustrated by Gustave Dore. Features a dedication by La Fontaine to Louis, Dauphin of France, son of Louis XIV, as well as a preface.

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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Modified Item: No
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Binding: Hardcover
Region: North America
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Special Attributes: Pictorial Cloth
Illustrator: Gustave Doré
Subject: Illustrated
Topic: Poetry
Place of Publication: New York
Publisher: Cassell Publishing Company
Year Printed: 1870
Author: Jean de La Fontaine
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