Lot 130 of 364:
Florian's Fables Choisies w/24 color woodblock prints  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$180
$300 - $500

Fables Choisies: Illustrées par des Artistes Japonais [Kano Tomonobou, Kadjita Hanko, Koubota Tosui] Sous la Direction de P. Barbouteau, Tokio

Florian, Jean Pierre Claris de


Librairie Marpon & Flammarion



2 volumes bound in 1. Each volume with 16 (of 18) numbered leaves and 24 (of 28) color woodblock prints. (Oblong 4to) 24.5x34 cm (9¾x13¼"), each volume in wrappers with color woodblock illustrations on front wrap, bound with string and loosely bound together in illustrated cloth chemise with beveled edges, title stamped in gilt. Each volume one of 190 Deluxe copies printed on Japanese paper. This copies are not numbered. 

Scarce Deluxe volumes of these wonderfully illustrated tales. A total of 24 (of 28) fables rendered. While the source of the tales and the publisher are French, the book is a fine expression of Japonisme that swept the Western World in the late 19th century, and is very much in the style of a Kobunsha or Hasegawa publication of the same period.

Lot Amendments

Wear, rubbing, and soiling to outer cloth chemise with vertical split to cloth at spine, corners worn, binding string lacking at heel of spine; each volume lacking 2 numbered leaves and their accompanying plates (Vol. 1 lacking Nos. 5 and 12, Vol. 2 lacking Nos. 5 and 14), vertical creasing to title page and preliminary leaves of each volume, all plates very good, with general toning and some finger soiling.

Item number:
Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS Priority Mail. We do NOT ship USPS Media Mail under any circumstances.For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a minimum $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting [email protected] prior to the auction.


Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.