Paris: Librarie Plon. Monvel. Oblong Quartos (23 x 27 cm.) Later Editions (circa 1933). 47 pp., 48 pp. Full calico cloth bindings in grey and straw colors, respectively, with small, white flower motifs. Edges in like colors with blooming flower blindstamped in gold on front boards and titles in black. Publisher information stamped in gold to bottom right of front boards on both books. Owner gift inscriptions to rectos of front free endpapers. Some minor sunning to the very bottom of front board of "Chansons". Slight wear to cloth of front board of "La Fontaine". Very minor wear overall. Fine. Item #25
Both of these charming French children's books are illustrated by Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, French painter and watercolorist. An excellent artist who exhibited at the Salon on several occassions, Monvel found a lucrative calling as an illustrator of children's books. With his lively palette of colors and his almost Japanese design and decorative aesthetic, Monvel is considered one of the great illustrators of the Golden Age of Illustration. "Chansons de France" (Songs of France) is a book of 24 French folksongs for children and includes both voice and piano sections along with vibrant color reproductions of drawings based on the lyrics. Profusely illustrated, "La Fontaine", contains 26 fables from the famous French fabulist's canon. Up to and including the present day, these books have been through more than 14 editions since first published in the late 1880s. (Worldcat).