Box binding made of goatskin, frog leather, elephant leather, and goat horns. Sobota three-board binding structure covered with brown goatskin, book-box edges covered with orange snakeskin, center of boards with oval cutouts, light goat parchment beneath. Edges of the central boards and headbands covered with snakeskin, doublures covered with orange goatskin. In low relief in the oval cutouts on the front and back covers are designs based on two of the illustrations in the volume. On the front, two goats fight on opposite sides of La Fontaine's book. On the back, an elephant stands upon a small pile of books. Books represented in both ovals are covered with goatskin and gilt with 23k gold. A small frog, based on the engraving by Hyacinthe Rigaud, can be viewed inside the volume through a cut-away in the textblock. The sculptural frog is composed of frog leather and elephant leather.
Jean de La Fontaine. Fables choisies. Original illustrations by Claire Hénault. Engraving by Hyacinthe Rigaud. Published for the Biennales Mondiale de la Reliure d'Art. Chambon-sur-Lignon, France: Jean-François Manier, 2010.
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