Fables of La Fontaine with Moving Pictures
. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge . Brighton ,
PZ24.2.L3 Fab 1890 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This fragile treasure is disintegrating as I write! It is a lovely find. It includes six operable pictures with a tab at the bottom to make the character(s) move. FS still operates perfectly and is the most complex of the pictures: the fox bows his head over his carafe, the stork bows hers over her pilsener glass, and the servant frog bows his over his soup dish. WL likewise is in good condition: the two characters bow to each other. The heads of both mice move as they run in TMCM. FC is also among the best of the group: the fox bows to the nodding crow and also extends his hand to catch the cheese soon to fall from the crow's mouth. Alas, the hare has lost his head in TH, but the picture does not make much sense anyway: the tortoise is waving to him as he rushes by. The grasshopper in GA makes a lovely movement with one arm while the other arm holds her guitar. This movement is particularly nice, since the arm extends through its own slot in the picture. I am not surprised to find in the lower right corner of this last picture Printed in Bavaria. This book shows great German toy ingenuity at work! The canvas binding has no connection with the pages, and the pages are separate from each other. Would its creators have thought that this book would last so long?