Cigarette Cards (Player)
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Fables of Aesop. From engravings by W. Hollar, etc., MDCLXV. Series of XXV. About 3" x 2½". Player's Cigarettes. Issued by John Player & Sons, Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland), Limited. $76 at Murray Cards International, Cecil Court, London, July, '92.
Excellent reproductions in good condition. All but two ("The Covetous Man and the Goose" [#6] and The Dog in the Manger [#23]) match my reprint of the 1668 Ogilby The Fables of Aesop Paraphras'd in Verse. Unusually squat size for cigarette cards. My favorites in this group include "The Dog and the Thief" (X), "The Husbandman and the Serpent" (XVII), and the classic The Lion and the Mouse (XX).