Fables et Poésies
Warnery, M. E
Oblong octavo. The illustrations here are designs, several to a page, done in the same color as the text. That color changes in the course of the book from green (1-30) to red (31-62) and blue (63-89). As the title indicates, much of what is offered here is poetry rather than fable. The first offering, for example, is a conversation between a woman and a merchant. He is trying to sell her mousetraps and rat-traps. She is uninterested, because her household has good cats. She asks him in turn if he might have a cage that would make a two-legged mouse more wise. No, but I'll have one for you the next time. The story seems to come from F. de Gramont. The next offering, a fable between eglantine and a bumble-bee by E. Rambert, has the flower -- here depicted with a face growing from its center -- tell the bee People give to those who ask and refuse those who command (4). Starting on 12, the book presents more traditional La Fontaine fables: FS, WL, TH, TMCM, 2P. La Fontaine fables continue to mix in in the rest of the book. Florian gets in with The Mole and the Hares (46) and The Monkeys and the Nut (52). T of C at the back. Leather reinforcement for the binding and the corners.