1875 Woodcut Bernard Bovier Fontenelle French Author Academie Francaise XEA6


This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut which depicts Bernard le Bouvier de Fontenelle, a French author who was said to bridge the gap between the beaux esprits of the 17th century and the philosophes of the 18th century. He was a terrific writer who lent a touch of novelistic expression to the dried out scientific topics about which he wrote. He was also a member of both the French Academy of Inscriptions and of Sciences, a rare privilege.


This 136+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. There is acid staining in this image. No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is a blind emboss mark in the lower left corner.

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.5 x 5 inches; 11 x 13 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This image was selected from a collection of woodcuts and steel engravings prolifically depicting scenes from French history, ranging from ancient Gaul to Charlemagne and his wars, to Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette. Historically important for French archivists, these images are extremely rare to locate and are virtually unseen individually. Period Paper is pleased to present these beautifully preserved images, which would make an ideal addition to any French lover's collection. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.

Keywords specific to this image: turban, portrait, famous, figure, historical