Oeuvres de Jean Racine, 1801
Author: Jean Racine (French, baptized 1639–1699)
Illustrators: Pierre–Paul Prud'hon (French, 1758–1823); Jean–Guillaume Moitte (French, 1746–1810); Anne–Louis Girodet–Trioson (French, 1767–1824); Nicolas Antoine Taunay (French, 1755–1830); Antoine Denis Chaudet (French, 1763–1810); Francois Gérard (French, 1770–1837)
Engraver: Jean Baptiste Michel Dupréel (French, active 1787–1817)
Publisher: Pierre Didot the Elder (French, 1761–1853)
Printed book with engraved illustrations; Overall: 19 11/16 x 13 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (50 x 35 x 7 cm
By exchange, 1958 (58.635.1(1))
This is the first volume of Didot's three-volume The Works of Racine. It inaugurated the third part of his suite of luxury volumes known as the "Louvre editions." Along with the first installment in the project, The Works of Virgil (1798), it features full-page illustrations instead of headpieces. The illustrations were designed by six painters and two sculptors, and engraved by a host of printmakers. Each play was illustrated wholly by one artist, so that a continuity of style and interpretation was established within each unit of the book. This consistency was not extended to the printmakers, however, which perhaps resulted in more variation than Didot had intended for the images.