Fables Nouvelles. by DORAT, Claude Joseph (1734-1780)

Fables Nouvelles. by DORAT, Claude Joseph (1734-1780) < >
An elegant children’s book, inspired by Locke On Education

Fables Nouvelles.

The Hague (et se trouve a Paris) : Chez Delalain... 1773. Second Edition - second issue of vol.1.
Large Paper. (227 x 140mm) 2 vols in one, 8vo, eng. front., xxii, [2], eng. pl., pp [1]-176, eng. pl., eng. title to vol.2, pp [179]-309, [3]pp, the second copy of the plate (facing title of vol 2) from an ordinary paper copy, a few deckle edges towards the end and penultimate leaf slightly frayed, 19th century French mottled calf, gilt borders and spine, morocco labels, marbled edges and endpapers, sound.
The illustrations consist of:- 2 frontispieces by Marillier engraved by de Ghendt, a plate by Marillier engraved by de Launay ( repeated in vol.2), a vignette on the printed title to vol.1, 99 headpieces and 99 tailpieces all by Marillier and engraved by various engravers. “Cet ouvrage... est le chef d’œuvre de Marillier” - Cohen de Ricci.
The fine Fürstenberg/Schäfer copy sold some years ago was 19mm shorter that ours.
At page ii of the preliminaries there is an “Avis sur cette edition” which reads, in part “En relisant le Traité de Locke sur l’Education, j’y ai trouvé ce passage : Lorsqu’un Enfant commence à savoir lire, je crois qu’on ne peut lui donner un meilleur Livre que des Fables, qui puisse à la fois le divertir et l’occuper. Si d’ailleurs chaque Fable est représentée par une Estampe, cela lui plaira beaucoup plus, et pourra l’encourager à poursuivre sa lecture...... Ce fragment est la seule réponse que je ferai à ceux qui critiqueront la pompe typographique de cet Ouvrage...” From this it would appear that Dorat , inspired by Locke’s Essay on Education, produced his Fables especially for children.
Reference: Cohen / de Ricci 313

Stock No: HMF1203
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