LA FONTAINE, Jean de (1621-1695). Contes et Nouvelles en vers. Amsterdam [Paris]: 1762.
2 volumes, 8° (176 x 111mm). Fermieres généraux edition. Engraved portrait of Eisen by Vispré, and a self-portrait by Choffard, 80 plates by Eisen engraved by Aliament, Barquoy, Choffard, Delafosse, Filipart, Lemire, Leveau, de Longueil, 4 vignettes and 53 culs-de-lampe by Choffard. (Lacking frontispiece portrait of La Fontaine, occasional light spotting and some offsetting.) Contemporary polished calf gilt, leather spine lables (rubbed), embossed with coat-of-arms of Swedish royal family, red edges. Provenance: Queen Louise Ulrica of Sweden (1720-1782, royal coat-of-arms on front boards) -- R.M. Klinckowströms (bookplate).
FINE EDITION IN ROYAL BINDING. 'Eisen's eighty designs for La Fontaine are the liveliest and most adroit that he ever drew' (Ray p.55). This copy with Le Cas de conscience in découvert state. Cohen-de Ricci p.558-569; Ray, French, 26; Tchemerzine VI, 378-9; and Fables de La Fontaine, Paris: Garnier Frères, 1855, illustrated by Grandville. (3)