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THE BEST POPULAR FAIRY STORIES SELECTED

AND RENDERED ANEW

BY THE AUTHOR OF

"JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN."

Mrs. Dinah Maria Mulsch

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London:

MACMILLAN AND CO.

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1859, July 8,
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The Publishers,

London:
R.. Clay, Son, and Taylor, Printers,
Bread Street Hill.

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PREFACE.

PREFACE is usually an excrescence on a good book, and a vain apology for a worthless one; but in the present instance a few explanatory words seem necessary.

This is meant to be the best collection attainable of that delight of all children, and of many grown people who retain the child-heart still-the oldfashioned, time-honoured classic Fairy-tale. It has been. compiled from all sources-far-off and familiar; when familiar, the stories have been traced with care to their original form, which, if foreign, has been re-translated, condensed, and in any other needful way made suitable for modern British children. Perrault, Madame d'Aulnois, and Grimm have thus been laid under contribution. Where it was not possible to get at the original of a tale, its various versions have been collated, compared, and combined; and in some instances, where this still proved unsatisfactory, the whole story has been written afresh. The few real old English fairy tales, such as Jack the Giant Killer, Tom Thumb, &c. whose authorship is lost in obscurity, but whose charming Saxon simplicity of style, and intense realism of narration.

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