Reynard the Fox After the German Version of Goethe
[Joseph Wolf - Illustrations]

By: Arnold, Thomas James

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Reynard the Fox is a literary cycle of medieval allegorical Dutch, English, French and German fables. The first extant versions of the cycle date to the second half of the 12th century. The genre is very popular throughout the Late Middle Ages, and in chapbook form throughout the Early Modern period.


The stories are largely concerned with the main character Reynard, a red fox and trickster figure. His adventures usually involve him deceiving other animals for his own advantage or trying to avoid retaliation from them. His main enemy and victim across the cycle is his uncle, the wolf Isengrim.


The illustrator Joseph Wolf (1820 - 1899) was a German artist who specialized in natural history illustration. He moved to the British Museum in 1848 and became the preferred illustrator for explorers and naturalists including David Livingstone, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Henry Walter Bates. Wolf depicted animals accurately in lifelike postures and is considered one of the great pioneers of wildlife art. Sir Edwin Landseer thought him "...without exception, the best all-around animal artist who ever lived"'.Half dark green leather to green cloth boards; 5 raised spine bands with stamped titles and fox head decorations. The text is written in the traditional style of heroic couplets.


Illustrations engraved by Joseph Wolf and printed by William Pickering, London. Chapter headings and ends have a small decoration. Two title pages one decorated the other plain. Top edge gilt and a silk ribbon placeholder.


Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate handling wear. 8vo; 23 cm; 9 inches tall; iv, 320 pages.

Title: Reynard the Fox After the German Version of Goethe
[Joseph Wolf - Illustrations]

Author Name: Arnold, Thomas James

Illustrator: Joseph Wolf

Categories: 18th CENTURY and EARLIER, 19th CENTURY: Literature and Works, Decorative Binding, Illustrations / Illustrators,

Publisher: London, Nattali and Bond: 1855

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: None Issued

Type: Book

Size: 8vo; 23 cm; 9 inches tall; iv, 320 pages.

lb: 3.00 lb

Seller ID: 010302