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Narrower Set of La Fontaine Magic Lantern Slides

1890?  Complete set of twelve magic lantern slides of numbered fables of La Fontaine.  Original box.  7½” x 1“.  €35 from 123broc through Ebay, March, '23.

Here is yet another surprise in the experience of collecting fables.  In 2019, I found, at the Paris shop of Thierry Corcelle, an intact set of 12 glass magic lantern slides, each presenting two La Fontaine fables with title panels.  I was delighted to bring them home with me!  Four years later I found this set of twelve La Fontaine magic lantern slides on Ebay.  Since we have several sets of such slides, I did some checking and comparing.  I was amazed to see that the designs were the same as those on the Corcelle slides, but there were also significant differences.  The slides were narrower, and so the images were less expansive.  The coloring, apparently by hand, was different in case after case, and the typeface used on the panels was different.  Since it is fascinating to examine the differences together, I also offer a page not only on each collection but on a page of comparison between the two.


1. GA / 2. FC

 3. Schoolmaster & Child / 4. Robbers and Ass

 5. SS / 6. Astrologer & Well

7 and 8. MSA

9 and 10. MSA

11. The Master's Eye / 12. The Miser and His Treasure

 13. BS / 14. The Angler & the Little Fish

 15. TB / 16. The Man and the (Frozen) Snake

 17. MM / 18. Women & Secrets

 19. Two Friends / 20. The Oyster & the Litigants

 21. The Mongolian's Dream / 22. The Old Man & Three Youths

 23. Forest & Woodman / 24.The Fool & the Sage