Fables Choisies de la Fontaine et Florian
La Fontaine, Jean de
I would naturally think that this large-format children's book is identical with another slightly larger in size with the same cover and title-page from Imprimerie Gordinne in Belgium, for which I have also guessed at a date of 1946? They are not the same book. Is that pasted label on the title-page the name of a publisher? It reads Collection Paul Duval, Elbeuf - Paris - 7e - Série bis. Though it is not the same book and apparently not from the same publisher, it does have some ties to the other book. Before examining them, let me mention that this book starts its pagination again after the first six pages. Thus MSA on 8 of the earlier volume is here on the second Page 3. The five scenes of the other book are reduced to four, the page is reversed, and individual colors are changed. Perhaps the plates were simply constructed afresh, but the similarity cannot be missed! The same plate as was presented colored there for WC on 15 is presented here on 7, again reversed, now in green-and-white. The same text plate for Le Geai paré des plumes du paon, which there (22) was followed by a colored picture, is given without any picture here on the first Page 6. Like all other texts, it is here surrounded by a repeated picture-border combining many fable illustrations. GA, there in color on 29, is here reversed and in brown-and-white on 31. OF, there on 39, is here reversed on 21 and given new colors. LM, there (41) in black-and-white, is reversed here, done in green-and-white, and signed with a name something like LeFall's. Le Lion et le Moucheron (47 there) is here reversed and freshly colored on 9. There is no T of C. The mysteries of publishing history are many!
Collection Paul Duval