The 'Contes' of Jean de La Fontaine are less well-known than his Fables, but are nonetheless a significant French literary classic. A series of lengthy poems, they were rather too 'risque' for the somewhat decorous French court of the time, and were perhaps for that reason rather overlooked. This limited edition, however, contains 18 contes, each illustrated with panache by Suzanne Ballivet (1904-1985), a well-known French cartoonist and theatre set designer.
Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) is best known for his Fables (similar to those of Aesop), and was one of the most widely-read French poets of the 17th century.
The book is a nicely-produced paperback, in a cream cover with blue & black design, titles etc on the front, and titles etc in blue on the spine. The exterior is slightly grubby, consistent with its age. The pages are rough cut. The (stitched) binding is tight, with only the slightest sign of weakness inside the covers (which are neatly folded inwards for additional strength), and at pp 7-9. There are 12 coloured, full-page illustrations, and 4 black & white 'headers' to other poems. One of a limited edition, this is no. 334/3000.