François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon

The modern epic The Adventures of Telemachus by French philosopher Fénelon is a masterpiece of illustrated literature of the 18th century. The Dutch luxury edition of 1734 in French, with specially drawn and printed for the edition engravings, serves as a model of the illustrated literature of the 18th century: other than its excellent printing, it stands out for the variety and quality of the prints: woodcuts for decoration (headpieces, historiated initials and tail pieces) and engravings for the frontispiece, the map of Telemachus’ journey, the author’s portrait and 24 narrative engravings, one for each chapter).