Author: Written by Jean de La Fontaine (French, Château-Thierry 1621–1695 Paris)

Illustrator: Charles Percier (French, Paris 1764–1838 Paris)

Publisher: Published by Pierre Didot l'ainé (French, 1761–1853) , Paris

Date: 1802

Medium: Printed book with engraved headpiece illustrations

Dimensions: Overall: 20 1/4 x 15 in. (51.4 x 38.1 cm)

Classification: Books

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1967

Accession Number: 67.703


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.