Doré's Illustrations for the Fables of La Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
. Dover Publications . Mineola, N.Y. ,
NE650.D646 A4 2003 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here are all eighty-four full-page plates and thirty-nine of the vignettes from Hachette's original Fables de la Fontaine avec les Dessins de Gustave Dore of 1868. This is a typically well-prepared Dover edition. The illustrations are well done. Besides the illustrations and their titles in French and English, there is a one-sentence summary of the fable. This summary is twice misleading, I believe. The sentence for GA on 1 is Like the grasshopper, the woman whiled away the summer when she ought to have been planning ahead, and she faced poverty when winter arrived. True enough, but there is no mention of any woman in La Fontaine's fable. Doré created a human scene to illustrate the animal fable. Again for FG (15), the sentence addresses the action of the picture's courtiers. There is a T of C listing both groups of illustrations at the book's beginning. This copy had some library's bar code glued to an early page. I had ordered and perhaps acquired a copy of this book three or more years ago, perhaps even in Omaha before the book's publication. Somehow between Berkeley and Omaha, I could never put my hands on the book. So when I saw that Alibris had it now for a good price, I decided to get it while I am in Omaha. I presume that this action will mean that the original copy surfaces very soon!