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Adapted into small individual poems (rondeaux) by Benserade, illustrated by the most famous French illustrators and printmakers of the era, especially for the moral education of the Dauphin,printed by the Royal Printing House of Louis XIV of France in 1676, the Metamorphoses by Ovid are an excellent example of the publication of illustrated books with authentic prints. Other than the woodcut, printed above the table of contents of the work, the illustration is composed of 226 etchings – frontispiece, title page, image for each poem, tail piece.

Publius Ovidius Naso (42 B.C. – 17 or 18 A.D.) and
Isaac de Benserade (1612 or 1613 – 1691) authors,
Sébastien Le Clerc (1637 – 1714), Charles Le Brun
(1619 -1690), Jean Lepautre (1618 – 1682), François
Chauveau (1613 – 1676) illustrators and printmakers,
Métamorphoses d’Ovide en rondeaux [par I. de Benserade],
imprimez et enrichis de figures par ordre de Sa Majesté, dédiez à
monseigneur le Dauphin) Paris, Imprimerie Royale – 1676
Full-page frontispiece (etching and engraving), 226
small etchings, etchings on title page and tail piece of
the Rondeau au roi – woodcut on contents page.
Large in 4ο 28.5 cm x 21 cm – Prologue
(without numbers) + 361 pages + contents pages
(without numbers)
French school
No 3942 – Acquisition 2018
Fontispiece (drawing by Charles Le Brun,
etching and engraving by Sébastien Le Clerc)
Title page
Double page (220-221) Illustration (etching by
François Chauveau)