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Phosphatine Florian Colored

1910? Fourteen 7½" x 5¼" cards engraved by Devambez in Paris, picturing and presenting Florian's fables.  The pictures are numbered "12" through "24" with the exception of "19."  I presume that the set includes twenty-four cards.  Each illustration is signed by Maurice Leloir.  600 Francs for the set from Annick Tilly at the Clignancourt flea market, July, '01.  "Les deux Chats" a gift of Bertrand Cocq, Calonne-Ricouart, France, August, '15.&nb

These cards are similar to the La Fontaine set from the same firm, but they are slightly larger, include only a title on the card's front, and treat the illustration borders differently.  Each side of each card has "Édité par la Phosphatine Falières" at the top and "Phosphatine Falières, Aliment des Enfants" at the bottom.  Borders around the colored illustrations combine picture frames, flowers, and birds.  "La Fable et la Verité," "L'Habit d'Arlequin," and "Le Charlatan" have the strongest colored illustrations, perhaps because they are the clearest.  Each verso contains its fable text bordered on three sides by a different-colored floral display and below by an attractive black-and-white picture, which I find regularly stronger than the colored illustration.  A good sample of the strong verso illustrations is "Les deux Jardiniers."  The cards are in very good condition.

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L'Avare et son Fils

Le Perroquet

Les deux Jardiniers

Le Paysan et la Rivière

Le Troupeau de Colas

L'Ane et la Flute

L'Habit d'Arlequin

Le Charlatan

Les deux Chats

Le vieux Arbre et le Jardinier

Les Singes et le Léopard

La Fable et la Verité

Le Pacha et le Dervis

Le Vacher et le Garde-Chasse

Les deux Jardiniers Verso

 

1910? Ten more 7½" x 5¼" cards engraved by Devambez in Paris, picturing and presenting Florian's fables.  The pictures are numbered "1" through "10."  Each illustration is signed by Maurice Leloir.  $35 for the set from Jalilstamps through eBay, April, '07.  Several more cards, including the missing #11, from Caveron Devey, Paris, August, '14.

How fortunate to find twelve more -- and perhaps to complete the set!  My comments on the first set apply to these cards.  "Le Grillon," "La Jeune Poule et le Vieux Renard," and "Le Danseur de Corde et le Balancier" have perhaps the strongest colored illustrations.  The last of these wonderfully pictures the falling balancier in mid-air!  The floral displays on the versos are here all in red, while they were all in something like a silvery green on the other cards.  A good sample of the strong verso illustrations is "Le Danseur de Corde et le Balancier": the fallen artist scratches his perhaps wounded head.  The cards are again in very good condition.

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Le Grillon

La Coquette et l'Abeille

L'Enfant et le Miroir

La Jeune Poule et le Vieux Renard

L'Aveugle et le Paralytique

Le Danseur de Corde et le Balancier

La Pie et la Colombe

Les Deux Voyageurs

Le Château de Cartes

La Mère, l'Enfant et les Sarigues

Le Danseur de Corde et le Balancier, verso

1910? Phosphatine Falières Trade Cards.  Maurice Leloir.  Handmade.  Hardbound.   Edite par la Phosphatine Falières.  $112 from Broli, Miami, FL, through abe, Dec., '13.  

This is a handmade book containing 22 of 24 trade cards issued by Phosphatine Falières presenting Florian's fables.  Cards 1 and 10 are missing.  As it happens, I have twenty-two of the cards of this series; all twenty-two are pictured in the Phosphatine Falières section of non-stock fable cards.  Those twenty-two fortunately include the missing #1 and #10.  There is one mistake in the order of the cards; the sequence at the middle of this book follows the order 8, 9, 12, 11, 13, 14.  A hand put a date of mcmxxxix and some notes on the bottom of each page.  The front and back green leather covers present a curious inlaid geometric design.  The book is boxed.  I have put copies of the two missing cards into the front of the book.  The book of course supplies the two missing cards, #11 -- "L'Avare et son Fils" -- and #19 -- "Les deux Chats."  I will include the Broli description:  "Preciosa colección de tarjetones editados por Phosphatine Falieres c/1910. Son 22 fábulas de Florian (de un total de 24) bellamente ilustradas a color por Maurice Leloir al frente, y al dorso el texto de las mismas en francés. Cada una tiene al pie una pequeña dedicatoria manuscrita en español y fechadas todas 1939. Encuadernadas en cuero verde con diseños geométricos combinados y labrados (c/1940). Con caja. Muy curioso. Castellano Hardcover Leather Bound (Cuero Pleno) Very good condition (Muy buen estado)."  "Muy curioso" is right!

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