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1935 Two identical handbills featuring AD and “Les Deux Voyageurs.”  Three colored panels with the two fable texts.  “Le Printemps est l’ami des enfants.”  No. 116bis.  Liege: Éditions Gordinne.  Printed by George Lang.  About 10½” x 8”.  $5 from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne-Ricouart, France, Sept., '20.

On the first two illustrations the colors do not quite match the lines.  Is it unusual to have a fable from La Fontaine paired with one from Florian?  I presume that the “Printemps” in question here is the department store.  On the web, I find posters advertising their delivery service but I find no handbills.


1950? Handbill with nine panels illustrating "The Fox and the Goat."  Extensive advertising on verso.  Laboratoires Valda. Signed "Robichon."  7⅜" x 9⅜".  $5 from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne-Ricouart, France, Sept., '20.

Valda seems to be offering liquid, paste, and tablets, especially for ailments of the throat.  The texts accompanying the nine panels are literally La Fontaine's version, but without acknowledgement.  I find such presumption surprising!  I notice that La Fontaine's version is different from many in this respect: the two jump in together."En toute chose il faut considérer la fin."   The illustrations are heavy on red, brown, orange, and green.  The narrow left margin shows some sloppy handling by the printer.