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Kempenaar Oriental Dutch B

Kempenaar Oriental Dutch Series B

1900? 12 out of a series of 12 cards presenting fables of La Fontaine in an oriental style with Dutch text of the fable on the verso.  "Elixir De Kempenaar." Druk J.E. Goossens, Brussels.  The final three for €16 each from Albert van den Bosch, Dec., '22.

Like the Kempenaar French oriental cards, these cards are smaller versions in the style of the Bon Marché Oriental series.  While those cards are 4" x 5½", these are 3¼" x 4 7/8".  Nine of the cards are numbered on the front; there are also strange numbers on the verso.  On the front, there are clear numbers for 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12.  Numbers on the verso of the other three help to fit them in as 4, 6, and 9, respectively.  Fully eight have "Reeks B (12 Fabelen) No. 2"!  How can eight different cards be numbered "2"?  Two of them have a strikethrough through the "2" and a number written that corresponds to the number on the front of the card.  Albert has graciously helped me to find my way in this confusing group!

1: WL

2: GGE

3: GA

4: OR

5: Farmer & Sons

6: Wagoner in Mud


8: Death & Woodman

9: FG

10: 2P

11: Old Lion

12: Farmer & Snake