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LA FONTAINE, Jean de (1621-95). Contes et nouvelles en vers, Amsterdam: Henry Desbordes, 1685.

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LA FONTAINE, Jean de (1621-95). Contes et nouvelles en vers, Amsterdam: Henry Desbordes, 1685.

2 volumes in one, 12° (155 x 108mm.), etched frontispiece, 58 half-page etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe (frontispiece and title stained, some light spotting and soiling), 18th-century red straight-grained morocco gilt, double fillets and roll-tool border, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, with central stamped motif of a harp and two trumpets within a laurel, gilt inner dentelles, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: William Kidd (inscription on pastedown and front blank, the latter dated 1866).

FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. All preceding editions, including the first issue of 1664, were without plates. Brunet III, 758; Landweher Romeyn de Hooghe 62; Hollstein IX, 591-648. (2)
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