Written by Jean de La Fontaine (French, Château-Thierry 1621–1695 Paris)
Charles Percier (French, Paris 1764–1838 Paris)
Published by Pierre Didot l'ainé (French, 1761–1853) , Paris
Printed book with engraved headpiece illustrations
Overall: 20 1/4 x 15 in. (51.4 x 38.1 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1967
Not on view
This two-volume edition of La Fontaine's Fables is one of several illustrated editions of the poet's work that Didot published. It is fourth in Didot's five-part "Louvre editions," following the The Works of Racine (1801–5) and preceding The Works of Boileau (1816). The twelve headpiece illustrations were designed by Charles Percier, who also designed the illustrations for the second installment of the "Louvre editions," namely the The Works of Horace. Like the other "Louvre editions," it is a large folio printed on wove paper from the famous factory at Annonay.
Signature: On publication page in ink "Pierre Didot l'aîné"