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(MALO, Charles). Livre Mignard, ou la fleur des fabliaux.
Old fables from the Middle Ages and from the East
Paris, Louis Janet, (ca. 1820). 12mo. Contemp. calf, spine ribbed and richly gilt and blind-stamped, with richly gilt and blind-stamped borders and large blind-stamped central ornament on sides, richly gilt inner dentelles, g.e. With engraved Gothic architectural title, richly and beautifully coloured by hand and heightened with gold, and 6 full-page engraved plates, all richly designed within Gothic architectural setting by Rouarque, and beautifully coloured by hand and heightened with gold. (12), 192 pp.
Beautifully illustrated and finely produced choice selection of old fables from the Middle Ages and from the East, edited by Charles Malo, a popular French literary author, born at Paris in 1790. The beautiful plates are designed in a half mediaeval and half Eastern style, and signed by Rouarque. Charles Malo published a large number of popular books. He founded “La France Littéraire”, a periodical with selected pieces of French literature, as well as a circle of Clubs of Literature at Paris. Malo was also an agent of the “Société pour l’Instruction élémentaire”, and a member of several learned societies. In the preface is stated that several fables are here published in France for the first time, carefully edited after the originals. Apart from the fables some poems by Ronsard, Baïf, etc. are also added, as well as epigrams by Clement Marot, and an epitaph by Du Bellay. At the end a glossary explaining the more difficult words is added as well.