Title: Bijou des enfans. Contes et fables.
Publisher: Blanchard et Cie., P. Libraires Rue Mazarine, No.30, et Palais Royal, Galerie de Bois.
Publication Date: 1810
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Likely First edition. Engraved title page, frontispiece & 3 contemporary, original, hand coloured, full-page plates by Monnet (?). 236 printed pages, in gatherings of 8, + 14 pages publisher's adverts at end (slight foxing and age-toning; leaf A2 old repair and crease). Marbled endpapers. Age-toned speckled edges. 45 x 62 mm. Original brown calf (corners slightly rubbed, small hole near foot of spine, hinges slightly cracked). Spine in four compartments with hand tooled gilt 8-sided stars within twin gilt fillet borders and claret morrocco titling-piece with gilt lettering "Bijou". Covers with scrolling and single fillet gilt borders (rubbed, corners slightly bumped, boards slightly splayed). Seventeen early morality or educational fables in French. Companion volume, entitled L'Ami des Petits Enfans is listed at back at 2 fr. 50c. or, with carefully coloured plates, 3 fr. Not in Bondy, Spielmann nor Welsh. Later copy in Welsh dated 1812 & published by Blachard & Eymery. No copies located in WorldCat. DeLuxe hand-coloured copy of rare, unrecorded early children's miniature book that went into several later editions. Seller Inventory # 5281