Paris: Chez Le Fuel, Libraire, [n.d., ca.11820]. No date or edition indicated in the present item, though Princeton notes a date of circa 1820. Aside from the Princeton copy, OCLC also lists six copies outside of the United States: one copy at the Bibliothèque Nationale of France, two in Germany, one at Oxford, and one at the Toronto Public Library. With frontispiece, title-page vignette, and 12 plates, all printed in color. Illustrations were stipple-engraved by Noël Jeune after designs by Sébastien Leroy. Small twentieth-century bookplate of book collector and librarian Albert A. Howard (d. 2017) on lower pastedown. Some foxing and a bit of toning throughout, but overall a very good, bright, and attractive copy. Original pink boards with gilt border of grapevines and gilt rule. Gilt spine and all edges gilt. Oblong octavo. 258 pp. Item #16730
Contes des fées is a collection of twelve of Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tales, presented in a combination of prose and verse: “Le Petit chaperon rouge,” “Les fées,” “La Barbe bleue,” “La Belle au bois dormant,” “Le Maître chat ou le Chat botté,” “Cendrillon,” “Riquet à la houpe,” “Le petite Poucet,” “L’Adroite princess, ou Les aventures de Finette,” “Peau d’âne,” and “Les souhaits ridicules.” A preliminary “Avis sur les ouvrages de Charles Perrault” is also included (pp. 3-6).
Gumuchian, Les Livres de l’Enfance, 4425.