Griselidis [Griselda], Peau d’Asne [Donkey Skin], and Les Souhaits Ridicules [The Ridiculous Wishes].Paris: Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1695.
This volume represents the first collective edition (1695) of three works previously published separately. This edition is the first to publish an important preface on the nature of fairy tales.
Chevalier de Mayer, ed. Cabinet des Fées ou Collection Choisie des Contes des Fees et Autres Contes Merveilleux. Paris & Amsterdam, 1785.
Volume I includes: Charles Perrault, Contes: “Le [Petit] Chaperon Rouge,” “Les Fées,” “La Barbe Bleue,” “La Belle au Bois Dormant,” “Le Chat Botté,” “Cendrillion,” “Riquet a la Houppe,” “Le Petit Poucet,” “L’Adroite Princesse” [by Mlle l’Heritier], “Griselidis,” “Peau d’Ane,” and “Les Souhaits Ridicules.” New fairy tales by Madame de Murat (Les Nouveaux Contes des Fées) include: “Le Parfait Amour,” “Anguillette,” “Jeune et Belle,” “Le Palais de la Vengeance,” “Le Prince des Feuilles,” and “L’Hereuse Peine.” This initial volume is followed by forty more tomes, a comprehensive selection of practically all the French fairy tales collected before the French Revolution.
Gabriello Faerno. Fables in English and French Verse. London: Claude du Bosc, 1741.
The humanist Gabriello Faerno of Cremona, the nephew of Pope Pius IV, was asked by his uncle to publish a volume of 100 fables in Latin. It was published in 1563, after his death. Charles Perrault had a completed French translation by 1699.
Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695). Fables de La Fontaine. (Paris: Garnier Frères, [mid-19thc.]).
This collection of fables, written by la Fontaine and based upon Aesop, Horace, Boccaccio, Ariosto, and Tasso, includes “La Vie d’Ésope,” as well as a number of fables, such as “Le Corbeau et le Renard,” “L’Hirondelle et les Petits Oiseaux,” “Le Lion et le Moucheron,” “Le Loup, La Mere et L’Enfant,” and “Le Faucon et le Chapon.” Illustrations are by Grandville.
La Tirannie des Fées Détruite
La Tirannie des Fées Détruite. Amsterdam: Chez Miche Le Cene, 1730.
This volume includes engraving on the frontispiece and the title pages of stories; none are signed. It includes: “Historie de Cléonice,” “Histoire de Calypse et Melicerte,” “Agatie, Princesse des Scithes,” “La Princesse Leonice,” and “Le Prince Curieux.”
Text by Professor Emeritus Jacques Barchilon