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Fairy Tales From all Nations by Montalba

FAIRY TALES FROM

ALL NATIONS.

BY

ANTHONY R. MONTALBA.

WITH TWENTY-FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS BY RICHARD DOYLE.

LONDON:

CHAPMAN & HALL, 186, STRAND.

MDCCCXLIX.

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TO

THE ILLUSTRIOUS PATRON OF LETTERS

THE RIGHT HON. THE EARL FITZWILLIAM,

This Little Book

IS HUMBLY INSCRIBED,

AS A MARK OF SINCEREST GRATITUDE AND RESPECT,

BY HIS MOST OBEDIENT AND DEVOTED SERVANT,

A. R. MONTALBA.

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PREFACE.

The time has been, but happily exists no longer, when it would have been necessary to offer an apology for such a book as this. In those days it was not held that

Beauty is its own excuse for being;

on the contrary, a spurious utilitarianism reigned supreme in literature, and fancy and imagination were told to fold their wings, and travel only in the dusty paths of every-day life. Fairy tales, and all such flights into the region of the supernatural, were then condemned as merely idle things, or as pernicious occupations for faculties that should be always directed to serious and profitable concerns. But now we have cast off that pedantic folly, let us hope for ever. We now acknowledge that innocent amusement is good for its own sake, and we do not affect to prove our advance in civilisation by our incapacity to relish those sportive creations of unrestricted fancy that have been the delight of every generation in every land from times beyond the reach of history.

The materials of the following Collection have been carefully chosen from more than a hundred volumes of the fairy lore of all nations; and none of them, so far as the Editor is aware, have been previously translated into English.

The Editor cannot close this brief Preface without expressing his grateful acknowledgments of the enhanced attraction imparted to his little work by Mr. Richard Doyle's admirable Illustrations.

CONTENTS.

TALE. LANGUAGE. AUTHOR. PAGE.

BIRTH OF THE FAIRY TALE 1

SNOW-WHITE AND ROSY-RED _Danish_ TORGEN MOE AND P. ASBIORNSON 9

THE STORY OF ARGILIUS AND THE FLAME KING _Slavonic_ COUNT MAYLATH 20

PERSEVERE AND PROSPER _Arabic_ DR. G. WEIL 38


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