Facsimile on large Holland laid paper of the famous 1773 edition (Paris: chez de Lormel), one of the most beautiful books of the 18th century, "perhaps, with the Tales of La Fontaine, the most pleasant for the grace of the subjects and the variety of costumes which are represented there" (Cohen 534, A Lover's Guide to 18th Century Engraving Books).
Four volumes bound in two. Bindings signed by Zaehnsdorf. Full maroon morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt. A fine, tight and fresh set with original front wrappers bound in.
Jean Benjamin de Laborde (1734-1794), farmer general and first valet de chambre of Louis XV, a passionate about music, composer, musicologist and freemason. Text and music entirely engraved by Moria and Mlle Vendome. Edition illustrated with an engraved title with fleuron by Moreau, 4 frontispieces by Moreau, Le Bouteux and Le Barbier, engraved by Masquelier and Nee and 100 figures inset by Moreau, Le Barbier, le Bouteux and Saint-Quentin engraved by Moreau, Masquelier and Nee. The figures are included in the pagination. This collection includes printed texts by great contemporary poets, including Voltaire, more than a hundred engravings and hand-engraved musical scores for voice and harp or harpsichord.
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