By Perrault, De Villeneuve, De Caylus, De Lubert, De Beaumont, and Others. With Illustrations by Godwin, Corbould, & Harvey.George Routledge and Sons, London , 1869 Stock Code: 137870
NotesFirst edition thus of Planché's translation. This attractively produced edition includes "Blue Beard", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Puss in Boots", and "The Story of Beauty and the Beast", with illustrations by Edward Henry Corbould, William Harvey, and James Godwin. The Countess d'Aulnoy (1650/1-1705) termed her works contes de fées (fairy tales) and originated the term that is now generally used, but it is Charles Perrault (1628-1703) who is generally considered the father of the genre. Uncommon, WorldCat locates only three copies in institutions (Harvard, Minneapolis, and Birmingham), to which Library Hub adds another three (National Trust Libraries, Oxford, and Dublin).
Octavo. Publisher's decorative brown pebble-grained cloth, titles in gilt to spine and front board, pictorial designs blocked in gilt and black to spine and front board, and in blind to rear board, gilt edges, cream endpapers.
Engraved portrait frontispiece of Perrault, and 11 engraved plates; 6 pp. publisher's advertisements at end.
Bookseller's ticket (Pierce & Paterson, Quebec) to front pastedown, ink gift inscription dated 1874 to frontispiece recto. Spine ends softened, extremities rubbed, four small nicks to front boards, front hinge cracked but firm, else a clean, unusually bright copy.
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