Fables de Florian, Suivies de Tobie et de Ruth
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Here is a second copy of a lovely first edition Grandville Florian. I purchased the other from Fran├ğois Cot├® of Qu├®bec at the Paris International Book Fair in July of 2009 for $714.93. This copy differs in its embossed covers showing a duck and rabbit in gold and its elaborately embossed spine. It has the same large margins as that copy. If anything, the illustrations are even more distinct here. As I wrote there, Grandville is always a delight! There are a frontispiece, five title illustrations, and 74 other illustrations. Among my favorite illustrations from Grandville is the frontispiece, which uses the same women represented in I, 1 for "truth" and "fable." This frontispiece includes a whole series of masks and several mirrors, key elements in Florian's presentation of self-knowledge. Another favorite is the title-piece for Book 1, with various animals grouped around a mirror and two human faces within the mirror. Do not miss the following: "The Cat and the Mirror" (14); "The Carp and the Little Carps" (16); "The Monkey Who Shows the Magic Lantern" (68); "The Child and the Mirror" (71); "The Cat and the Sparrow" (98); "The Eagle and the Dove" (152); "The Owl and the Pigeon" (169); "The Male and Female Monkey and the Nut" (185); "The Boasting Cock" (207); "The Ass and the Flute" (222); and "The Flying Fish" (258).
J.-J. Dubochet et Cie