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Florian Blue Border

1890? 10 colored French cards (and one extra) picturing scenes from Florian's fables. 2½" x slightly more than 4". No artist or printer acknowledged. Seven for $35 from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne-Ricouart, France, March, '01. Three Soury cards from Annick Tilly for 10 Francs each, August, '01.

In these portrait-formatted small cards, a blue border surrounds the full-color picture in the upper three-quarters of the card and the five or six lines quoted from Florian below. The title of the fable itself, with Florian's name in parentheses, is written across the blue bar separating the two portions of the picture side of the card. Six cards have no advertising on either front or back, and include only the text of the fable on the verso. In fact, if one exchanges the blue stripe for a gold one, they are almost exactly like the cards in a set done by A. Billon, though they lack both the numbering and signature we find there. The two strongest visual images here might be the lovely picture for "L'Ane et la Flute" and the lively one for "Le Grillon." Four cards advertise "La Jouvence de l'Abbé Soury ("C'est la Santé de la Femme"!) on both front and back. One card advertises Chicorée Leroux on both front and back.

"L'Ane et la Flute" (blank)

"Les Deux Bacheliers" (Soury: two copies)

"Les Deux Paysans & le Nuage" (blank)

"Les Deux Voyageurs" (Leroux)

"L'Elephant Blanc" (blank)

"Le Grillon" (blank)

"Le Guenon, le Singe & la Noix" (Soury)

"L'Habit d'Arlequin" (blank)

"Le Roi de Perse" (blank)

"Le Vacher & le Garde-Chasse" (Soury)

Le Charlatan