Fables of La Fontaine: Doré
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Fables of La Fontaine: Doré. 77 black-and white lantern slides. "By permission Cassell, Petter, and Galpin." $170.50 from Bastion Epanning, Victoria, BC, through eBay, Oct., '08.
Here are beautiful magic lantern slides, 3¼" square, with a circular scene within a square frame. Most retain the two paper slips proclaiming "Fables of La Fontaine: Doré" and "By permission Cassell, Petter, and Galpin." Though the pictures do not scan well, they are very well done. I offer several here merely as samples; they do not do Doré justice! The slides themselves are in various states of poor repair. In many, the two glass plates have separated. In some the framing paper -- square on the outside, circular on the inside -- has become fragmentary. Two slides have cracked. What a wonderful ephemeral find! Click on any image to see it enlarged. Lifted together, these slides are also exceedingly heavy!