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Pellerin

1890? Twenty-one printed sheets, 12½" x 16¼", each featuring either an individual fable of La Fontaine or a set of four fables. Each is numbered in an apparent set of 25. Now I have found the whole set of 25 gathered in a book, Fables de la Fontaine, for which I have guessed a date of the same year. Matted on white cardboard. Missing are #3, #7, and #20. There is one extra copy of #14. Each is marked "Série Supérieure aux Armes d'Épinal, Pellerin & Cie, imp. -édit." and "Fables de LA FONTAINE (Hors Groupes)." I bought 21 of them as a group from a Buchinist along the Seine, August, '99; individually they were priced between 70 and 120 Francs each, but we settled on a group price of 1150 Francs for the twenty-one. I found two others at another Buchinist stall just a few minutes later and paid 75 Francs each for them. Click on any image to see it enlarged.

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1. Le Loup & l'Agneau

2. 4 Fables: Le Chène & le Roseau & al

4. Le Lièvre & la Tortue

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5. L'Enfant & le Maitre d'École

6. Le Vieillard & ses Enfants

8. Le Meunier, son Fils & leur Ane

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9. Le Coche & la Mouche

10. L'Oeil du Maitre

11. La Vieille & les deux Servantes

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12. L'Ane & le petit Chien

13. L'Ours & les deux Compagnons

14. Le Singe & le Léopard

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15. 4 Fables: Le Berger & la Mer & al

16. L'Écolier, le Pédant & le Maitre d'un Jardin

17. Le Vieillard & les trois jeunes Hommes

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18. Le Loup devenu berger

19. L'Ours & l'Amateur des Jardins

21. Le Loup, la Chèvre & le Chevreau

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22. La Besace

23. Conseil tenu par les Rats

24. L'Ane & ses Maitres

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25. La Cigale & la Fourmi

I had long thought that Pellerin, whose beautiful printing work I had seen elsewhere, must have done a set of fables. What a great surprise to find them! On almost all, the color work is still lively; on several it is brilliant, especially MSA (#8), "Le Coche et la Mouche" (#9), "L'Oeil du Maitre" (# 10), and "La Besace" (#22). Each page includes a title at the top. Somewhere on the page, the text of the fable appears. The first, WL, is bleached, perhaps from standing out at the front of the group too long under the Paris sun!