A treat for collectors, young readers and lovers of medieval literature, Éditions Tallandier presents a handsome new edition of the 1909 classic by one of the great masters of French animal illustration, Benjamin Rabier.
This great animal epic dating from the Middle Ages includes the uniquely expressive and mischievous illustrations of one of the twentieth century’s most talented and engaging illustrators, caricaturists and cartoonists. Readers will discover here the comical adventures of RENARD the fox at the court of NOBLE the lion, along with his stooges YSENGRIN the wolf and CHANTECLAIR the rooster. This delightful album is a reissue of the original and complete text of Le Roman du Renard published by Éditions Tallandier in 1909. It is a handsome facsimile bearing the look and feel of the original early-twentieth century edition, containing all of the original French color plates. These episodic tales, never before published in English, remain beloved by French readers both young and old, while Rabier’s illustrations lend his signature humor and vibrant colors to the story.
Benjamin Rabier : Benjamin Rabier (1864-1939) was born at La Roche sur Yon on December 30th, 1864 and became one of France’s most-beloved drawers and humorists. A former tax inspector for the city of Paris, he turned to drawing, first working for the Imagerie d'Epinal, then publishing his caricatures and drawings in different newspapers and periodicals. In 1906 he began specializing in children’s books, and became best known for his animal characters, among them Gédéon, the duck, and the various creatures in his version of the Fables of La Fontaine. In addition, he was creator of the famous “La Vache qui rit" or, “Laughing Cow” brand trademark for the French cheese manufacturer.