Série 'Croix-Rouge,' Fables de la Fontaine." French First Day Cover commemorative panel
Série 'Croix-Rouge,' Fables de la Fontaine." French First Day Cover commemorative panel celebrating and displaying stamps of The Tortoise and the Hare and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. 8¼" x 11". 2 Decembre 1978. #46-78 Document Philatélique Officiel edité par L'Administration des Postes et Télécommunications pour le Musée Postal. Tiré sur les presses de l'Imprimerie des Timbres-Poste. $29.50 from Alexandre Prozopiorski, Lyon, France, April, '99.
This sturdy page comes from the French post office's "historical collection of the stamp." It offers a short overview of published illustrations of Aesop and an artistic analysis of the elements of each stamp. There is even a lovely imprinted seal of the Imprimerie at the bottom. At the top is a brown-and-white drawing of animals found in La Fontaine's fables. The artist's signature, difficult to read, is something like "Aldreono" or "Aldreorro."