Dust Jackets

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1934? French BF dust-jacket, 9½" x 7 1/8", apparently for a school book, advertising "A la Belle Jardinière," a clothing store for men, women and children. The cover's black-and-white illustration is signed by Claude Garnier. The booklet's cover is signed as belonging to Marie Louise Venet (or Knet?). Imageries Réunies de Jarville-Nancy. 20 Francs from Mimi Gras, Chambly, France, through Ebay, Nov., '01.</td><//td><//td>

This "protege-cahier" pictures the jay at a peacocks' ball or court. Like the other dust-jacket sent by Mimi, it has a checkerboard background. The back cover offers the text of La Fontaine's fable under addition and multiplication tables. Mimi mentioned to me that this, along with the accompanying FC dust-jacket, belonged to her mother in 1934. The inside has simple 6" fold-in flaps with more advertising. Like the cover, the advertising here also mentions "Grand' Place, Le Cateau."

1934? French FC dust-jacket, 9½" x 7½", apparently for a school book, advertising "Pastilles Salmon" for protection against coughing. Imageries Réunies de Jarville-Nancy. Gift of Mimi Gras, Chambly, France, Nov., '01.

This "protege-cahier" puts a colored image of FC on its cover against a checkerboard background. The back cover offers the text of La Fontaine's fable under addition and multiplication tables. Mimi mentioned to me that this, along with the accompanying BF dust-jacket, belonged to her mother in 1934. The inside has simple 1½" stapled flaps.

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1950? French FS dust-jacket, 9½" x 7", apparently for a school book, advertising "Costes, 36 et 38, Boulevard Richard-Wallace, Puteaux." Art signed by Maurice Parent. 25 Francs from Annick Tilly at the Clignancourt flea market, August, '99.

On the front of this thrice-folded cardboard cover are four panels depicting FS. An invitation on the cover invites "Dear Children" to tell their parents for Christmas to address themselves to Costes. The inside flaps have La Fontaine's text of FS and a portrait. The back cover shows a multiplication table nailed to a tree. Around it a crow flies with cheese in its mouth, while a fox runs up underneath. In the foreground are a tortoise and a hare. It was almost impossible to scan the green color of this faded heavy paper.