~~ Book 1894080603 ~~

Choix de Fables de La Fontaine
Tome Premier (Volume 1), 1894
Unnumbered, Plain Paper Version

 
Condition. The book is in Good+ condition. The front cover has a 1.5 x 7 cm area where there is tape residue. In the same area there are two spots (ca 2 x 2 cm) where the illustration is completely scraped off. There is a larger area (5 x 2.5 cm) where the cover is scraped leaving faint to no illustration. The corners on the front and back cover are dog eared and this extends a 4-5 pages in at the front and back. At the back the top string tie is breaking but the binding remains solid. Both covers and pages at the front and back have light soiling. Internally the pages are clean and free of foxing or staining. None of the folded pages are severed or cut at the edge. The spine covering is in tact with ca 1 inch of loss at the head and foot of the spine. There is a pencil inscription inside the front cover reading signed by "P. Barboutau, Paris 1915." Pierre Barboutau died in 1916. There is indistinct pencil writing at the top right edge (2.5 cm) extending down the top right margin (6 cm). This book is a large plain paper version and is unnumbered.

 
de La Fontaine, Jean
Barboutau, Pierre
Kadji-ta Han-ko (illustrator)
Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui (illustrator)
Oka-koura Shiou-soui (illustrator)
Kano Tomo-nobou (illustrator):
Choix de Fables de La Fontaine, Illustree par un Groupe des Meilleurs Artistes de Tokio, Sous la Direction of P. Barboutau, Tome Premier (Volume 1), Paris, Imprimerie de Tsoukidji-Tokio, S. Magata, Directeur, printer, Kimura Tokutaro, Meiji 27 (1894), 8vo (7 1/4 x 9 7/8 in - 18.5 x 25.1 cm), plain paper in folded sheets, spine covered, silk string ties (two at the top and two at the bottom, both crossed and tied at the front), title page in black with decorative border, seal and "La Fontaine" in red and black, 54 pages (27 folded pages) total including covers. The book is richly illustrated with 14 color woodblocks that span two adjacent pages. Unnumbered plain paper version.

The front cover is a single page color woodblock. The front cover woodblock print and the 14 internal double page woodblock prints all have the artist's seal (han). Each page of text has a decorative black and white illustration and one or more small black and white woodcut text illustrations.

The following is found on the inside of the front cover:

Il a ete fait de cet ouvrage un tirage sur papier Japonais de luxe.

150 exemplaires sur Tori-no-ko. (qualite extra) Nos.   1 a 150
200  idem      sur Ho-sho...................... Nos. 151 a 350
350 exemplaires, numerotes.
Le teste de ces trois cent cinquante exemplaires a du etre imprime sur papier, Hon-sho, le Tori-no-ko etant trop epais pour etre plie. Le papier Japonais, a cause de sa composition ne peut etre imprime que d'un cote.

The fourteen chapters of Volume I are:

I.     La Cigale et la Fourmi.  Illustree par Kadji-ta Han-ko
II.    Le Corbeau et le Renard.  Illustree par Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui
III.   L'Hirondelle et les Petits Oiseaux.  Illustree par Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui
IV.    La Grenouille Qui Veut se Faire Aussi Grosse Que Le Bceuf.  Illustree par Oka-koura Shiou-soui
V.     La Dragon a Plusieurs Tetes et Le Dragon a Plusieurs Queues.  Illustree par Oka-koura Shiou-soui
VI.    Le Renard et la Cigogne.  Illustree par Kadji-ta Han-ko
VII.   Le Coq et la Perle.  Illustree par Kano Tomo-nobou
VIII.  Le Loupe Plaidant Contre le Renard Par-Devant le Singe.  Illustree par Oka-koura Shiou-soui
IX.    Le Chene et le Roseau.  Illustree par Kadj-ta Han-ko
X.     Les Deux Taureaux et la Grenouille.  Illustree par Oka-koura Shiou-soui
XI.    L'oiseau Blesse D'Une Fleche.  Illustree par Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui
XII.   Conseil Tenu Par les Rats.  Illustree par Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui
XIII.  Le Renard et les Raisins.  Illustree par Kadj-ta Han-ko
XIV    Le Geai Pare des Plumes du Paon.  Kano Tomo-nobou

 
Inside Front Cover

 
Title Page

 
Example of Text Pages

 
Four artists whose work is in this book:

  • Kadji-ta Han-ko
  • Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui
  • Oka-koura Shiou-soui
  • Kano Tomo-nobou

 
Artists' Seals


Kadji-ta Han-ko (Front Cover, I, VI, IX, XIII)



Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui (II, III, XI, XII)



Oka-koura Shiou-soui (IV, V, VIII, X)



Kano Tomo-nobou (VII, XIV)

 
The 14 Double Page Color Woodblock Plates (with close-up of artist's seal).

I.     La Cigale et la Fourmi.  
       Illustree par Kadji-ta Han-ko

Kadji-ta Han-ko 



II.    Le Corbeau et le Renard.  
       Illustree par Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui

Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui



III.   L'Hirondelle et les Petits Oiseaux.  
       Illustree par Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui

Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui



IV.    La Grenouille Qui Veut se Faire Aussi Grosse Que Le Bceuf.
       Illustree par Oka-koura Shiou-soui

Oka-koura Shiou-soui



V.     La Dragon a Plusieurs Tetes et Le Dragon a Plusieurs Queues.  
       Illustree par Oka-koura Shiou-soui

Oka-koura Shiou-soui



VI.    Le Renard et la Cigogne.
       Illustree par Kadji-ta Han-ko

Kadji-ta Han-ko 



VII.   Le Coq et la Perle.
       Illustree par Kano Tomo-nobou

Kano Tomo-nobou



VIII.  Le Loupe Plaidant Contre le Renard Par-Devant le Singe.
       Illustree par Oka-koura Shiou-soui

Oka-koura Shiou-soui



IX.    Le Chene et le Roseau.
       Illustree par Kadj-ta Han-ko

Kadji-ta Han-ko



X.     Les Deux Taureaux et la Grenouille.
       Illustree par Oka-koura Shiou-soui

Oka-koura Shiou-soui



XI.    L'oiseau Blesse D'Une Fleche.
       Illustree par Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui

Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui



XII.   Conseil Tenu Par les Rats.
       Illustree par Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui

Kawa-nabe Kiyo-soui (prehaps incorrect attribution in the index)
 Kadji-ta Han-ko (appears to be by this artist)


XIII.  Le Renard et les Raisins.
       Illustree par Kadj-ta Han-ko

Kadji-ta Han-ko



XIV    Le Geai Pare des Plumes du Paon.
       Illustree par Kano Tomo-nobou

Kano Tomo-nobou


Colophon (inside front cover)

Printed: Meiji 27 (1894).9.20
Distributed/Published: Meiji 27 (1894).9.30

 


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