Russian Matchbox Set
1992? Eighteen matchboxes, each giving the title and an illustration for a fable of Ivan Krylov. $25 from Samuel Princell, Lille, France, through eBay, Dec., '05.
Here are the same matchbox labels mentioned in the previous item, but now gathered as a set in a lovely presentation box. It turns out that there is one more member of the set that was not present in the individual pairs of illustrations: "The Fox and the Grapes." The designs are simple and appealing, always featuring a white label at the top. Fables included are:The BroomThe Cat and the CookThe Cock and the PearlThe Cuckoo and the CockThe Dragonfly and the AntThe Eagle and the MoleThe Elephant and the PugThe Fox and the GrapesThe Industrious BearThe Lion and the FoxThe Mirror and the MonkeyThe Monkey and the SpectaclesThe QuartetThe Raven and the FoxThe Swan, the Pike and the CrayfishThe Swine Under the OakThe Two DogsThe Wolf and the Stork.