The Fables of Jean de La Fontaine Volume 1: Gustave Doré Restored Special Edition

Release date: March 24, 2021
Author: Jean de La Fontaine, Gustave Doré, Walter Thornbury 
Length: 370 Pages
Black and White with Glossy Color Cover
ISBN: 978-1592181254
MSRP: $24.95
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Part one of the outrageous two-volume collection of Jean de La Fontaine Fables illustrated by the remarkable Gustave Doré.

More than 100 classic fables illustrated by Gustave Doré enthrall readers of all ages with clever wit and artistic genius. This timeless 19th-century collection is restored, enlarged, and printed as a two-volume set. Volume one features:

– Enlarged 8 ½” x 11” pages
– More than 100 Gustave Doré illustrations, many full-page
– Restored and digitally enhanced images
– Publisher’s original page layouts
– Contemporary weathered type font
– Walter Thornbury English translation
– Preface
– Bold, retro-styled cover design

French poet, writer, and fabulist Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) is famous for his fables that provide laughter, moral guidance, and life lessons. This rare collection of his work printed in the 1870s is embellished with the brilliant comical engravings of renowned French artist, Gustave Doré (1832-1883.)

La Fontaine’s Fables features some of Doré’s most outrageous and humorous work. His drawings that highlight the look and feel of La Fontaine’s writing are vastly different from his macabre illustrations for Dante’s Inferno and Paradise Lost. His clever depictions of anthropomorphic animals in silly situations are charming, delightful, and technically brilliant. Fans of his lighthearted work for Droll Stories and Don Quixote will love La Fontaine’s Fables.

Selected Table of Contents:
– The Grasshopper and the Ant
– The Raven and the Fox
– The Two Mules
– The Swallow and the Little Birds
– The Town Rat and the Country Rat
– The Man and his Image
– Death and the Woodcutter
– The Wolf turned Shepherd
– The Drones and the Bees
– The Oak and the Reed
– The Ass laden with Sponges and the Ass laden with Salt
– The Hare and the Frogs
– The Frogs who asked for a King
– The Drunkard and his Wife
– The Drowned Woman
– The Saying of Socrates
– The Hen with Golden Eggs
– Jupiter and the Farmer
– The Sun and the Frogs
– The Heron
– The Man Badly Married
– The Cat, the Weasel, and the Little Rabbit
– And much more…

About the Publisher:
The CGR Publishing Restoration Workshop uses a vast array of computers and digital scanners to restore, preserve, and enhance the classic works of writers and artists from the 19th century. Each new release includes display-quality covers, enlarged covers, and retro fonts. Select books include Dante’s Inferno Retro Hell-Bound Edition, Gustave Doré’s London: A Pilgrimage, The Complete Book of Birds, A Life of George Westinghouse, The Clock Book: A Detailed Illustrated Collection of Classic Clocks, The Aeroplane Speaks, and much more.

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