28th February 2019.
This morning I finished reading the next of my works of Anatole France illustrated by Frank C, Pape. This Bodley Head edition was published in 1928.
The book was translated by Alfred Allinson, who has clearly reproduced the author’s beautifully, simply, flowing poetic prose. The title tale is one of a selection of short stories, mostly set in Mediaeval times, being satirical commentary on the religion of that period; with a lacing of philosophy..
The intact jacket reproduces the gold embossed design on the front board.
The endpapers don’t quite fit my scanner.
As usual there are a dozen full page plates,
and a number of chapter end pieces, of which I present a brief selection.
Feeling pretty rough, I went to bed early and forgot to publish this until the morning.
I’m glad to see this come through – now I’m off to bed xo PS Thoroughly enjoyed Penguin Island.
🙂 Thanks very much, Pauline X
Thanks for scanning all the books plates, they are fascinating to peruse Derrick
Thanks a lot, Ivor
Such amazing illustrations. Thanks for taking the time to share them with us, Derrick. Enjoy your day!
Thanks a lot, Jill
They’re wonderful Derrick, but I hope you’re ok, too.
Rough times, I fear.
‘Fraid so, Frank. Thanks very much
Prayers for you today – Merci Suz!
Very many thanks, Suz. Been to doc and got antibiotics
Hoping the sun shines in your world today – it always helps to make me feel better. Sunshine, fresh air and a glass of red wine – it’s the simple things. 🙂
The old bookplates are amazing in detail, are they not?
When there is something I can not get on the scanner, I take a photo of it and put that in the computer.
The sensible route. Yesterday I just wasn’t up to it. Thanks very much, GP
Wonderful illustrations. I hope you’re feeling better, Derrick.
Thanks a lot, Merril. Just been to doc’a and got antibiotics
Glad you’re on antibiotics! Hope they soon do the trick. Fabulous, fabulous illustrations!
Many thanks, Laurie. There will be more
It’s interesting how the full page illustrations seem to have an assortment of styles in each one. I hope the antibiotics will soon clear the dreaded lurgy. You have been out and about, so I’m taking that as a sign that your latest knee is continuing to recover well.
The knee is definitely the least of my problems, Susan. Thanks very much
I can imagine it is (hug)
Have a good weekend
Thanks a lot, Mrs W – and you
Unfortunately, I don’t know French, so I had read Anatole France in Russian translation, and now, thanks to you, Derrick, I was able to compare it with the English one. Both are excellent! I have not seen the illustrations before, though, and they are marvelous – thank you!
Very many thanks, Dolly
My pleasure, Derrick
Thanks very much, Rosaliene
What a wonderful read AND the illustrations are beautiful and fascinating! I love the details in the artwork!
I’m so sorry to hear you are ill, Derrick. 🙁 I hope and pray you will be well soon. Is it a flu’ bug or sinus/respiratory?
I got antibiotics this morning – diverticulitis
I hear that can be VERY painful. 🙁 Poor you! 🙁
Hope you will be mended soon.
Thanks very much X
Thanks very much, Carolyn X
I believe the Bible sounds a note of caution about bad things following a haircut. Take care Derrick.
Many thanks, Quercus. Nice reference
I’ve often looked at your picture and thought “Old Testament”.
Having been educated by the Jesuits, I wouldn’t know anything about that
Whenever I think of Jesuits I alway think of my old history teacher who always added “The Stormtroopers of the Catholic Church” every time he mentioned them. I don’t think he would prosper in the world of today. 🙂
The illustrations are beautiful, Derrick. Thank you for sharing them.
You are welcome, Lavinia. Thanks very much for reading and perusing
What a lovely gift to share 🙂 … hopefully the biotics of ante will do their thing soon.
I do hope so, Widders. Many thanks
I do so hope you are feeling a little better today, Derrick. You have enough to bear at the moment without poor health. May God be with you and yours.
The illustrations are exquisite! Thank you very much for sharing them.
Thanks very much, Clare. Second day of antibiotics. Maybe tomorrow will be better
I hope so. <3
Thanks for sharing, the book is my type of reading, will definitely be chasing it up at my local library.
Many thanks, Ian