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A. Billon Florian

1890? 13 colored French cards (and one extra) picturing scenes from Florian's fables. 2½ " x slightly more than 4". A Billon, Paris. $70 from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne-Ricouart, France, March, '01. "La Guenon, le Singe et la Noix" and extras of "Roi Alfonse" and "L'Avare et son Fils" for €15 in St. Ouen, June, '19.  $5 additional cards, presented here at the top of the table, for $5 each from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne Ricouart, France, Sept., '20.  Three more cards from Albert van den Bosch for €20 each, Jan., '23.

In these portrait-formatted small cards, a gold 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 golden bar separating the two portions of the picture side of the card. The monkey giving the laterna magica show cuts a vivid figure. Another striking image is presented by the two bald men grappling with each other. If one exchanges gold borders for blue, these cards are almost identical with those which I have listed under "Florian Blue Border." Four cards advertise "Chicorée Boulangère/Paguetage Croissant" on their picture side, while one advertises "Chocolat Ibled". All five of those cards have consistent advertising on their text sides. Four cards advertise Moka Beriot from Lille. One advertises Maison Salmon L. Tual-Salmon as a maker of chocolates and "conserves alimentaires." Two cards present short fable texts and advertise "Chicorée Extra a 'L'Écolière.'" Two cards simply present the fable text and refer to a second printer, A. Picard et Kaan.  The most recent cards from Bertrand all advertise Beriot of Lille on the verso, two for their "Moka" and three for their "Chicorée Orientale."

Les Deux Voyageurs

L'Auteur & les Souris

Le Grillon

Le Vacher & le Gard-Chasse

L'Habit d'Harlequin

La Guenon, le Singe et la Noix

"L'Avare et son Fils"

"Le Danseur de Corde & le Balancier"

"Les Deux Chauves"

"Les Deux Jardiniers" (Chicorée Boulangère and plain)

"Les Deux Persans"

"L'Enfant et le Miroir"

"Le Jeune Homme et le Vieillard"

"La Mère, l'Enfant et les Sarigues"

"Le Philosophe et le Chat-Huart"

"Le Roi Alphonse"

"Le Rossignol et le Prince"

"Le Singe qui montre la Laterne magique"

"L'Elephant Blanc"

"Le Tropeau de Colas"

"L'Aveugle et le Paralytique"

"Le Pacha et le Dervis"