Fables de Florian, Suivies de Tobie et de Ruth
At last I have a worthy copy of this classic. The strange thing now is that I can find no reference to it in the literature. Hobbs, Bodemann, Schiller, and my favorite private collector seem to know nothing of this book. As far as I can gather, it is a reprint of Bodemann #301.1 and #301.2. This book has the same title, illustrator, and essayist, but it is published in 1842 and then again in 1843 by J.-J. Dubochet & Cie. Soon (1847) Florian will find a new illustrator in Delhomme, and then in 1870 there will be Freeman and Phillippoteaux. I do not find further illustrators before 1885. These illustrations are familiar to me not least from fable cards like Bon Marché's Florian series. This is a serious and hefty book. The illustration facing 21 has suffered pencil damage.