Fables de La Fontaine.
Paris: Garnier Frères, 1855. 4to, 598 pp. Original quarter blue morocco with matching blue buckram boards. Backstrip richly gilt, front board neatly reattached and hinge strengthened. All edges gilt. Two pages show faint blue marks, very minor foxing. A later edition of La Fontaines fables. With engravings for each fable by the beloved illustrator Grandville (1803-1847), who set the bar for animal illustrations remarkably high for his successors and imitators. In these designs, the most popular he ever drew, Grandville presents La Fontaines beasts acting like men and sometimes costumed like them. (Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 1700 to 1914, 191.)
(Item Id: 106849)