Histories, or Tales of passed times. : with morals / written in French by M. Perrault, and Englished by R.S. Gent.

Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703 [Browse]
Uniform title
  • English
  • French
The second edition, corrected.
London : Printed for R. Montagu, at the Book Ware-House, that end of Great Queen-Street, next Drury-Lane, and J. Pote, at Eton, MDCCXXXVIII [1737]
6 unnumbered pages, ix pages, [2]-363 pages, 5 unnumbered pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates : illustrations (etched) ; 14 cm (12°)


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  • First edition of the French text with a parallel translation, and the first literary English translation on which all others were based until the early 19th century.
  • This translation first published by Joseph Pote and Richard Montagu, London, 1729.
  • Parallel text in English and French; French title page reads "Histoires, ou contes du tems passe : avec de moralitez / Par M. Perrault ; augmentée d'une nouvelle, viz. L'Adroite Princesse. Troisieme edition."
  • "The discreet princess" (Adroite princesse) is by Marie-Jeanne l'Héritier de Villandon.
  • French dedication by P. Darmancour to "Mademoiselle, de vôtre altesse royale"; English dedication by Robert Samber to Gace Granville, 1st Countess Granville.
  • Engraved frontispiece with title set into illustration: "Mother Goose's Tales."
  • Illustrations, in duplicate, at the parallel openings of the stories; woodcut tail-pieces and ornamented typographical fleurons for initial capitals.
  • Publisher's catalog on 5 pages at end: "Books printed for, and sold by R. Montagu."
  • Signatures: [pi]⁴ B-Q¹² R⁸ (initial gathering lack one leaf, perhaps as issued).
  • Cotsen copy: Shelfmark of the Earl of Pembroke at Wilton House inked in red on front pastedown.
Binding note
Contemporary light brown full sheep, gilt-ruled borders on covers, panelled spine gilt with red leather spine label: "Goose's Tales"
  • Little Red Riding-Hood
  • The fairy
  • Blue Beard
  • The sleeping beauty in the wood
  • The master cat; or Puss in Boots
  • Cinderilla [sic] ; or The little glass slipper
  • Riquert with the tuft
  • Little Thumb.
  • The discreet princess, or, The adventures of Finetta: a novel.
  • Le petit Chaperon Rouge
  • Les fèes
  • La Barbe Bleue
  • La belle au bois dormant
  • Le maitre chat; ou le chat botè
  • Cendrillon, ou La petite pantoufle de verre
  • Riquet a la houpe
  • Petit Poucet
  • L'Adroite princesse, ou, Les avantures de Finette : nouvelle.
Place name(s)
  • England London
  • England Eton
Other title(s)
  • Tales of past times
  • Mother Goose's tales
  • Histoires, ou contes du tems passe
  • Contes du tems passé
  • Goose's Tales
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