La Fontaine Fables complete works French 1818 illustrated 6 vol leather setBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Leather Books, French Literature, La Fontaine, Fables, Illustrated Books).
Oeuvres Completes de la Fontaine.
Published 1818, Paris by Lefevre.
6 volumes, each c. 250 pages. Text in French. Engraved frontis portrait in vol. 1 protected by original tissue guard. Illustrated throughout with numerous engraved plates.
Attractive antiquarian 1/4 leather bindings, slightly raised bands, gilt & embossed compartment decorations, gilt title lettering, marbled covers, edges, and end papers.
Set is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time.
Bindings gently age worn but still appealing, leather and joints scuffed and rubbed but still supple, small chipping to spine ends of a couple volumes, rear joint of one volume repaired to firmly attach board, all covers well attached despite and splits or cracks, set remains overall very attractive as an object.
Text block paper is gently age toned as typical, internally set remains mostly clean, tight and sound. A set which has been taken care of but may/ does not look like new.
Still attractive on the shelf. Set displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in rather nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws seem easy to overlook or forgive.
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Books Measure c. 8 1/2" H x 5 1/2" W.