"Fables Choisies de La Fontaine"
A volume of La Fontaine's fables with Mme Pompadour's coat of arms on the cover
Public DomainA volume of La Fontaine's fables with Mme Pompadour's coat of arms on the cover - Credit: Jebulon

Fables Choisies de La Fontaine means 'Selected fables by La Fontaine'.

The Fables of Jean de la Fontaine were published in twelve volumes between 1668 and 1694; they are considered to be one of the principal works of French literature.

The writings of Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695) are traditionally divided into three categories: fables, contes ('tales'), and miscellaneous works; he is mainly remembered for the fables, stories in prose or verse which anthropomorphize animals, plants, mythical creatures, and forces of nature, and which are designed to teach a moral lesson.

Portrait of Jean de La Fontaine
Public DomainPortrait of Jean de La Fontaine - Credit: Hyacinthe Rigaud