Laboulaye's Fairy Book by Edouard Laboulaye
illustrated by Edward G. McCandlish (Rare Book Collection)
It is said that there is a great scarcity of fairy folk in modern France; and that, terrified by the thunders of the Revolution, they left their unhappy country in a body during its stormy years, first assembling in grateful concourse around the tomb of Perrault, upon whose memory they conferred the boon of immortality.
If this story is true and the last reported act of the fairies on leaving France makes it appear so then we may be sure that a few of the more hardy and adventurous fays skipped back again across the border and hid themselves in Laboulaye's box of jewels, where they give to each gem an even brighter sheen and a more magical luster.
Ten fairy tales include: Yvon and Finette -- The castle of life -- Destiny -- The twelve months -- Swanda, the piper -- The gold bread -- The story of the noses -- The three citrons -- The story of Coquerico -- King Bizarre and Prince Charming
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