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).
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.
- A 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.