Paris: A. Capendu, n.d. (circa 1900). 40x30cm: [21pp]. Originally printed and edited by Pellerin & Cie. Color illustrated paper covered boards over red cloth spine. Color illustrated title page with 20 hand-colored woodcut broadsheets with versos blank. Boards rubbed and soiled with some scratches. Spine ends bumped with a few small stains. Moderate wear along edges with corners exposed. Front hinge starting. Title page has a few small tears which do not affect the image and a chipped and bent lower corner. Light foxing and toning to endpapers. Broadsheets are lightly toned, but retain their vibrant colors. Very Good.
The broadsides were originally printed and distributed separately, but, as stated by the lovely poem on the title page, were collected in order to share some of grandma’s favorite tales for children to enjoy. Each broadsheet is titled and numbered and tells a different story in panel form with text in French. Illustrations are by a number of different artists, most of whom are unnamed.
Images d’Epinal is now a common expression in French meaning an emphatically traditionalist and naïve depiction of something, showing only its good aspects. It is originally based on the first publisher of these images Jean Charles Pellerin from Epinal, France who named his printing house Imageries d’Epinal.