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Solution Pautauberge

1900? Fables de LaFontaine.  30 cards (and many picture-duplicates) marked either "Collection de la Solution Pautauberge" (P) or "Collection de la Kolarsine et de la Solution Pautauberge" (K).  With colored illustrations after Gustave Doré.  Unnumbered.  Printed in France.  Twelve cards (all P) for $65 from Barense (or B & B?) at Foster City Card Show, Feb., '97.  Ten cards (all K) for a total of 140 Francs from Librairie Bailly at Les Puces, Marché Dauphine, July, '98.  $15 for FM (also K) from The Cartophilians, March, '96. Thirteen cards (12 K and "Le Gland et la Citrouille" P) for 390 Francs from Delage at Clignancourt, August, '99.  One card (P) for $15 from Virginia Makis, Springfield, MA, Feb., '00.  One card (P) for $2 at Jamie's Flea Market, South Amherst, OH, March, '00.  Five cards (all K) for 135 Francs from P. Bresch, Clignancourt, August, '01.  One card (P) for $9.99 from Constantin Sova, Bacau, Romania, through Ebay, Dec., '00.  One missing card (P) of FC for $9.99 from Erwin Stubbe, Gent, Belgium, through eBay, August, '05.  One missing card (K) of "Le Rat et l'Huitre" and three extras for €5 each from ABC de la C.P.A., Lyon, at Paris Post Card Exhibition, Jan., '05.  Two P cards of "Le Gland et la Citrouille" and "Le Laboureur et ses enfants" for $6.50 from Sova Constantin, Bacau, Romania, through eBay, Feb., '03.  Eleven extra cards for $5 each, Sept., '03.  Many cards from St. Ouen, August, '15.

Beautifully colored cards with the full text of the fable on the back.  The bright colors, including yellows, pinks, and oranges, bring a new kind of life to Doré's somber illustrations.  Beneath the text of cards in the "P" format is a standard pitch for Solution Pautauberge, which cures old and new rheumatism and all forms of bronchitis.  It also prevents tuberculosis.  On the back of the cards in the "K" format mention of anything but the fable is gone.  Imagine my surprise at finding one of these cards that I had never seen before ("Le Berger et son Troupeau") in a paper dealer's stall at Jamie's Flea Market outside Cleveland.  Of course it was the last card in the set, and they had not had anything even close when I was there five months earlier.  This card alone has an additional advertisement along its short side:  "George J. Wallau, Inc., 153 Waverly Place, New York."  The Foster City, Bailly, Bresch, Sova and Cartophilian cards are in excellent condition, while the Delage cards--except the one P card--tend to be more worn.  Very few of the extras are really duplicates, since they tend to be in different formats.  Can I now trust that I have a complete set of 30?  The set is complete with K cards, though not with P.  The final card, found after the "final" card above, turns out to be "Le Lièvre et les Grenouilles."  Very few of the extras are really duplicates, since they tend to be in different formats. See below a comparison of the P and K versions of both sides of "Le Renard et le Bouc." The cards and their formats are listed after all the small representations.

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Le Charretier Embourbé

Le Chène et le Roseau

Les deux Chèvres

La Cigale et la Fourmi

L'Huitre et les Plaideurs

La Latière et le Pot au Lait

Le Lièvre et la Tortue

Le Lion et le Moucheron

Le Lion et le Rat

Le Loup devenu Berger

Le Loup et l'Agneau

Le Loup et le Chien

La Mort et le Bucheron

L'Ours et les deux Compagnons

Le Rat de Ville et le Rat des Champs

Le Renard et la Cigogne

Le Savetier et le Financier

Le Singe et le Chat

Le Vieillard et les trois jeune Hommes

Le Lievre et les Grenouilles

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L'Ane et le Chien

Le Berger et son Troupeau

Le Cheval et l'Ane

Le Gland et la Citrouille

Le Corbeau et le Renard

L'Enfant et le Maitre d'École

La Grenouille et le Rat

Le Laboureur et ses enfants

Le Renard et le Bouc P Verso

Le Rat et l'Huitre

Le Renard et le Bouc K Verso

Le Renard et le Bouc P

Le Renard et le Bouc K

 

L'Ane et le Chien (PKK)
Le Berger et son Troupeau (PPKK)
Le Charretier Embourbé (PPKK)
Le Chène et le Roseau (PKK)
Le Cheval et l'Ane (PPKK)
La Cigale et la Fourmi (KKK)
Le Corbeau et le Renard (PKK)
Les deux Chèvres (KKK)
L'Enfant et le Maitre d'École (PK)
Le Gland et la Citrouille (PPPK)
La Grenouille et le Rat (PKK)
L'Huitre et les Plaideurs (PKKKK)
Le Laboureur et ses enfants (PPKK)
La Latière et le Pot au Lait (PKK)
Le Lièvre et la Tortue (KK)

Le Lièvre et les Grenouilles (K)
Le Lion et le Moucheron (KKK)
Le Lion et le Rat (KK)
Le Loup devenu Berger (PKKK)
Le Loup et l'Agneau (PPK)
Le Loup et le Chien (KK)
La Mort et le Bucheron (PPK)
L'Ours et les deux Compagnons (KKK)
Le Rat de Ville et le Rat des Champs (KKK)
Le Rat et l'Huitre (PK)
Le Renard et le Bouc (PPKK)
Le Renard et la Cigogne (KK)
Le Savetier et le Financier (PPKKK)
Le Singe et le Chat (KK)
Le Vieillard & les 3 jeune Hommes (KKK)