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Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen

SLAV TALES

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[Illustration: _From "The Plentiful Tablecloth," p. 351._]

Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen

From the French of Alex. Chodsko

Translated and Illustrated by Emily J. Harding

London: George Allen 156 Charing Cross Road

1896

Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. At the Ballantyne Press

NOTE BY THE PUBLISHER

Very few of the twenty fairy tales included in this volume have been presented before in an English dress; this will doubtless enhance their value in the eyes of the young folk, for whom, principally, they are intended. It is hoped that older readers will find some additional interest in tracing throughout the many evidences of kinship between these stories and those of more pronounced Eastern origin.

The translation has been carefully revised by a well-known writer, who has interfered as little as possible with the original text, except in those instances where slight alterations were necessary.

The illustrations speak for themselves, and are what might have been expected from the artist who designed those for the "Lullabies of Many Lands," issued last Christmas.

_November 1895._

CONTENTS

THE ABODE OF THE GODS-- I. THE TWO BROTHERS II. TIME AND THE KINGS OF THE ELEMENTS III. THE TWELVE MONTHS

THE SUN; OR, THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS OF THE OLD MAN VSEVEDE

KOVLAD-- I. THE SOVEREIGN OF THE MINERAL KINGDOM II. THE LOST CHILD

THE MAID WITH HAIR OF GOLD

THE JOURNEY TO THE SUN AND THE MOON

THE DWARF WITH THE LONG BEARD

THE FLYING CARPET, THE INVISIBLE CAP, THE GOLD-GIVING RING, AND THE SMITING CLUB

THE BROAD MAN, THE TALL MAN, AND THE MAN WITH EYES OF FLAME

THE HISTORY OF PRINCE SLUGOBYL; OR, THE INVISIBLE KNIGHT

THE SPIRIT OF THE STEPPES

THE PRINCE WITH THE GOLDEN HAND

IMPERISHABLE

OHNIVAK

TEARS OF PEARLS

THE SLUGGARD

KINKACH MARTINKO


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