1929. Paris: Hachette, n.d. [c. 1929].
Folio, 72 pp., full color chromolithograph illustrations with a few lines of text printed on every page. Grey green-printed paper covered boards, backed in green cloth, with an illustrated color label on the upper board, decorative endpapers. Hinges a bit stressed, corners and edges of board somewhat worn, minor foxing to outer margins; very good.
§ First Lorioux illustrated edition. Félix Lorioux (1872-1964) was a beloved French illustrator, best known in his time for Le Buffon des enfants. He was hired briefly for Walt Disney in the 1930s to work on The Silly Symphony. He lost the contract after refusing to compromise his personal style, which was thought to be too fantastical and Art nouveau for the stereotypical character of Mickey Mouse. His vision for Fables de la Fontaine features richly colored anthropomorphic illustrations of “la cigale,” “le renard,” “le rat,” “le loup et l'agneau,” and “le renard et la cigogne.” OCLC 604136666. Item #106089