Victorian Mechanical Trade Cards From Au Bon Marche Paris, Very Rare Complete Set Of Six Cards, Theme Is Fables Of Jean De La Fontaine
This special set of mechanical trade cards from the famous French department store, Le Bon Marche, come from the collection of the great grandson of a director of that store who purchased them new so they were never issued to the public.
Each of these cards normally retails for up to $129 so this complete set, which is in excellent condition, is a real bargain.
The them of the cards are the fables from Jean de la Fontaine, the famous French poet who lived from 1621-1695.
The six cards are:
1 Le Savatier Et Le Financier
2 Le Singe Et Le Chat
3 Les Voleurs Et L'Ane
4 L'Huitre Et Les Plaideurs
5 La Cigale Et La Fourmi
6 La Laitiere Et Le Pot Au Lait
Each card measures 14 x 9.5 cm and has two views illustrating the moral and an advertisement for Le Bon Marche on the reverse.
They were designed and printed by Leopold Verger of Paris in around 1900.
I have two complete sets available.
There are many other items from the same source which I have listed elsewhere. I am very happy to combine shipping for multiple purchases.