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THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK

EDITED BY 
ANDREW LANG

NEW EDITION

VOLUME I

WITH COLOURED FRONTISPIECE AND NUMEROUS OTHER

ILLUSTRATIONS BY H. J. FORD AND C. P. JACOMB HOOD

LONGMANS, GREEN AND Co.
FOURTH AVENUE & 30th STREET, NEW YORK
39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON
BOMBAY, CALCUTTA AND MADRAS
1920

COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY
LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO.
 New Edition
Set up and electrotyped December, 1919


To
ELSPETH ANGELA CAMPBELL

PREFACE

     THE Tales in these volumes are intended for chil­dren, who will like, it is hoped, the old stories that have pleased so many generations. 

     The tales of Perrault are printed from the old English version of the eighteenth century.

    The stories from the Cabinet des Fees and from Madame d’Aulnoy are translated, or rather adapted, by Miss Minnie Wright, who has also, by M. Henri Carnoy’s kind permission, rendered “The Bronze Ring” from his Traditions Populaires de l’Asie Mineure (Maisonneuve, Paris, 1889). 

     The stories from Grimm are translated by Miss May Sellar; another from the German by Miss Sylvia Hunt; the Norse tales are a version by Mrs. Alfred Hunt; “The Terrible Head” is adapted from Apollodorus, Simonides, and Pindar by the Editor; Miss Violet Hunt condensed “Aladdin”; Miss May Kendall did the same for Gulliver’s Travels; “The Fairy Pari­banou” is abridged from the old English translation of Galland. 

     Messrs. Chambers have kindly allowed us to reprint “The Red Etin” and “The Black Bull of Norroway” from Mr. Robert Chambers’ Popular Traditions of Scotland. 

     “Dick Whittington” is from the chap book edited by Mr. Gomme and Mr. Wheatley for the Villon Society; “Jack the Giant-Killer” is from a chap book, but a good version of this old favorite is hard to procure.


ANDREW LANG


 

 

FULL-PAGE PLATES IN VOLUME I 

The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood - Reproduced in colour
from a drawing by H. J. Ford 

The Old Jew Shows the Fishes to the Princess 

The King of the Gold Mines Encounters

The Four-and-Twenty Maidens

Cinderella’s Flight

The Prince’s Bride

The Gold-spinners