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Oudry by Quantin

1907?    Fables de La Fontaine. Six unnumbered cards with the title, a reproduction of Oudry's illustration, and La Fontaine's text on the front. The fables are OF, LS, 2P, and FG.  The stamp and postmark are also on the front. All were signed and sent from Paris in June/July 1907 to Lucien Lallier. Published by A. Quantin, Paris. Four for 75 Francs from Renaud Teissier at the Paul Bert-St. Ouen Clignancourt Flea Market, May, '97.  A fifth card representing WL for €5 from Bartko-Reher, Berlin, April, '21.  TMCM earlier from H. Bartij, Kocaeli, Turkey, through eBay.

FG and LS are two of Oudry's best and best-known illustrations, and they retain a good deal of their force in this unusual medium. 2P and OF may be less focused. It is a delight to see Oudry's work reproduced!

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