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Visit Special Collections' Fairy Tales and Fables Exhibit

display of open book covers with illustrations

About the exhibit

This exhibit features a selection of fairy tales and fables mostly published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with stylish illustrations and eye-catching covers to capture readers' interest. 

After the exhibit, readers may consult these titles in the Special Collections and Rare Books reading room (Room 7100).  

Fairy tales

This exhibit includes: 

  • Two exquisitely-illustrated editions of Arabian Nights
  • Examples of beautifully illustrated Japanese fairy tales,  printed on folded crepe paper
  • Classic Irish, French, and Western-tradition fairy tales
  • Two beautiful facsimile editions of works from Toronto Public Library's Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books
  • Four colorful Russian-language versions of fairy tales that are part of SCRB's Doukhobor Collection
  • An English-language edition of Pushkin’s The Golden Cockerel.


The selection of fables includes:

  • Four different editions of Aesop’s Fables: two late eighteenth-century editions contain wood engravings by Swain and by J. D. Cooper, and a facsimile of the Osborne Collection edition full of colorful illustrations.
  • 1931 edition of fables by Jean de La Fontaine
  • A two-volume 1793 edition of fables by John Gay, both adorned with elaborate wood engravings.



January 20-February 29


3rd floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)

Contact for further information

Ewa Delanowski at