Les Fables d'Esope, mises en François Avec des quatrains a la morale. Nouvelle edition dédié a la jeunesse. Prix 75 sous.

By: Aesop

Price: $199.94

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[4], iv, 112 pages; Contemporary, probably original binding: calf-backed marbled paper-covered boards. Significant wear to the binding, sewing compromised, considerable foxing throughout -- but a complete copy of this rare American edition of an Aesop's fables, in French quatrains. Title page states: "Nouvelle edition dédié a la jeunesse." There is a dedication (in verse quatrains) to youth, page [3], signed with initials at the bottom -- "F. M." ["A LA JEUNESSE"] The French text appears to the version of Jean-Baptiste Morvan de Bellegarde. The statement of a price in "sous" on the title page is odd, but one noted library holding a copy of this rare edition helps confirm that this "Philadelphie" stated in the imprint is the city in Pennsylvania; the American Antiquarian Society copy states in their catalogue entry: "Place: United States; Pennsylvania; Philadelphia." There are three OCLC numbers, but only six locations are scattered across the three accession numbers: Columbia, Dickinson College, Virginia Tech, Georgetown University, Millersville Univ., and AAS. See OCLC numbers: 1398897, 21709607, and 198424372. Who was F. M.? And, did the un-named Philadelphia printer or bookseller responsible for this charming book for young students of French accept 75 U.S. cents, rather than French "sous" for a copy? Given that 1 sous = 5 centimes and 1 livre, or franc = 20 sous, this 1823 price would not really make sense at 3 francs 15 sous, which would have been the price of a very expensive and luxurious volume, indeed. Keep in mind that Victor Hugo's 1830 'Les Misérables' informs us that "une flûte de pain" = 1 sou. Was this book really priced at an equivilent cost to 75 (wide) baguettes of bread? Perhaps our modern price is a bit low...

Title: Les Fables d'Esope, mises en François Avec des quatrains a la morale. Nouvelle edition dédié a la jeunesse. Prix 75 sous.

Author Name: Aesop

Categories: Childrens and Juvenile, 19th Century, French Language and Literature,

Edition: First Edition Thus

Publisher: A Philadelphie, none listed: 1823

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Size: 12mo

Seller ID: 41589

Keywords: Philadelphia imprint American schoolbook French instruction Aesop fables Jean-Baptiste Morvan de Bellegarde